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Social Pool Takes Up Residence in the Mojave Desert

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No, it’s not an oasis. That swimming pool in the middle of the desert is quite real—and, not surprisingly, garnering plenty of attention. The concept of Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia, Social Pool is a long-term art installation in the guise of a communal pool, tantalizingly placed amidst the hostile sands — Continue reading …




 

 

alfredo-barsuglia-social-pool-MAK-designboom-04No, it’s not an oasis. That swimming pool in the middle of the desert is quite real—and, not surprisingly, garnering plenty of attention. The concept of Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia, Social Pool is a long-term art installation in the guise of a communal pool, tantalizingly placed amidst the hostile sands and unrelenting heat of California’s Mojave desert, challenging the curious and the adventurous to come find it.

Measuring 11 x 5 feet, the pure white rectilinear structure, which is covered and locked when not in use, has been constructed in the Mojave, several hours from Los Angeles, with no signage alluding to its location. Accessible solely via GPS coordinates and a key provided by West Hollywood’s MAK Center for Art and Architecture, its remoteness ensures that only the truly motivated will seize upon the chance for a rare, refreshing desert dip.

Visitors making the arduous trek are being given ample time, according to the artist’s statement, “…to reflect on social values, dreams and reality.” One hopes they’ll do so only after heeding the warnings placed on the Social Pool website: “Social Pool is located in the desert, in a remote area without any infrastructure. Be aware that there are no roads, trails or signs that lead to the pool. You will have to walk a certain distance in order to reach the pool from the nearest road. Don’t forget to bring drinking water, food and sun protection. For your stay in the desert, it’s recommended to wear a hat, sun glasses and boots.”alfredo-barsuglia-social-pool-MAK-designboom-01alfredo-barsuglia-social-pool-MAK-designboom-02

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