Pool party

I just thought this was intriguing and charming and funny–maybe even a bit of a parody of land art…

Wear + Here

“Social Pool” by Alfredo Barsuglia in the Mojave Desert, CA. Photo c/o ihopeyouenjoythis.com

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Another meeting of sand and water (can you tell I’m landlocked?), though this time self-consciously so. Last month, Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia planted Social Pool in the Mojave desert of Southern California, a nod to other land art installations in remote Western regions: Walter de Maria’s The Lighting Field in New Mexico; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty outside Salt Lake City, UT.

The 11-by-5-feet invitation is open to anybody willing to trek into the desert, sans signs. In a scavenger hunt-meets-art scene mashup, access is granted to small groups by stopping by the pool’s presenter, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood, which supplies the GPS coordinates and keys to open the cover (this is a no-reservations affair; only four keys exist, checked out for 24-hour stints). After driving several hours…

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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