Sounds impossible, right? But going under water without getting wet is now possible thanks to Buenos Aires, Argentine-based artist Leandro Elrich, who has created a swimming pool for an exhibit at the 21st Century museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.
The pool looks like a regular one. But it’s actually just a thin layer of water placed on top of a sheet of transparent glass, leaving a room beneath it. People can enter the room and experience the wonder at the constructed space both from above and below.
For this work aptly titled “Swimming Pool”, Erlich played with perception and assumption in an exploration of “the ways we understand phenomena, enter into relationships with spaces, and grasp reality.”
The fake pool has actually been one of the museum’s permanent exhibitions since 2004. However, it didn’t go viral until recently when many people shared on social media pictures of themselves posing above and underneath the pool.
Since creating the pool, Elrich has steadily been creating conceptual art exhibits, including one called “Nuit Blance” that premiered in October 2015 in Paris. The piece, which is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming, resembles a building that starts to melt.(dth/gaekon)