In October 2008 the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York presented Leandro Erlich’s monumental installation Swimming Pool in P.S.1′s unique double-height Duplex gallery. Erlich’s Swimming Pool is constructed as a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water. It is only when visitors enter the gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.
Video: Heinrich Schmidt
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