If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live underwater, then you need to take a trip over to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa to see the Swimming Pool exhibit.
Created by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, the exhibit is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck. When you check out the pool from the deck, it appears to be filled with water. The truth is, however, that there is only a thin layer of water—only about 10 cm deep. The water covers transparent glass, completing the illusion of the pool being full. Visitors to the exhibit can actually enter the pool under the “water.”
The pool’s sides and bottom are painted in aquamarine to help create the underwater illusion. Peering up through the glass and water further tricks the mind into thinking that you are indeed at the bottom of a full pool. The museum describes the exhibit, saying, “While undermining our everyday assumptions about what we think to be obvious, the work invites our active involvement in its spaces—once we catch on to its deception—and produces a sense of connection between people looking at each other.”
That’s a long-winded way of saying that the exhibit is going to challenge your perceptions and cause you to connect with other people. Regardless, it’s a cool concept that will leave you thinking.