Fake Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich

May 7, 2010 43 comments

In one of the courtyards of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck. When seen from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water. In fact, however, a layer of water only some 10 centimeters deep is suspended over transparent glass. Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter.

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The Swimming Pool was designed by Buenos Aires artist Leandro Erlich in 2004.

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Comments

  1. How, exactly, did they "suspend" the water over transparent glass??

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  2. The glass is just wavy.....

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  3. Stupid question, no offense. They have glass covering the top. They pour water on the glass. The end.

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  4. That is awesome, I also found this great experiment video about a diet coke and mentos explosion in a microwave on youtube that was really entertaining. It is pretty near death as far as diet coke and mentos goes. It is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVPZSK77yTw. Take a peek, its worth it.

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  5. then the water isn't suspended over the glass, it's on the glass itself

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  6. @May 20, 2010 10:28 PM

    ...do you have some sort of mental handicap?

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  7. How many have been hurt diving in to save someone?

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  8. what if you went to dive in you would be fu**ed

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  9. Woah, that's pretty trippy.

    http://tinyurl.com/gamersunited <--- Free Xbox Live time cards!

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  10. its photoshopped i can tell by the pixelz

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  11. You're retarded i can tell by th kommente.
    Tool, it's real, nothing has been photoshoppe, it's not fake. Douche.

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  12. epic lulz in tehse comments

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  13. The water is suspended on special glass that has been cleaned with water repellent glass cleaner like on those shopping channeles.

    There are some deviant pixels in the images for sure. I am still determining via computer forensic evaluation whether or not it is shopped but my gut instinct is that photo three is shopped because of the pixels.

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  14. omfg you are photoshopped retards, i can tell by your pixel size brains..

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  15. why do you fun size brained dorks think everything is fake? it's a real invention even tho its stupid.... it's like a stove in which you can't cook or a car you can't drive.

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  16. photo 3 is a different pool entirely...

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  17. I love it when people get mad over the "photoshop" comments. It's full of lulz.

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  18. You know how I know it's been shopped? The pictures were originally higher res.

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  19. For those unaware of what a joke is:

    http://mrw.blox.pl/resource/500pxShopped.jpg

    It's an old Internet meme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme)

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  20. That is so cool. :)

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  21. wow very cool! looks awesome

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  22. Great job and good ideas some one use them at home and hotels....

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  23. What is the point of a fake swimming pool??? Why not just have a real one?

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  24. totally want a house with a room like that and a rooftop patio. maybe one day.., oh and people are STILL doing the photo shop thing? *sigh* guess you'll keep doing it as long as other morons keep falling for it. Rather sad really.....

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  25. how do you get out...? and photo 3 is a completely different pool.

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  26. Its kinda cool but obviously fake

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  27. Not Fake...It´s architecture...
    http://designyoutrust.com/2009/07/31/21st-century-museum-of-contemporary-art-kanazawa/

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  28. just to end this "shopped/ not shopped" war
    here's the info for both picture 3, and all the other pictures
    for picture 3:
    this is the fake pool located at:
    P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.
    for all the other pictures:
    this is the fake pool located at:
    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan here's some links for you dummy's!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT7gjhHq9d0
    http://thecoolgadgets.com/fake-swimming-pool-leandro-erlich/
    this links will also answer you other questions about this sh!t
    ^_^
    PEACE OUT!

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  29. I thought that they were underwater until I read the article. I wondered why they did not look soggy.

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  30. some of you guys are so stupid. it's a piece of glass, with water on top. then there is another way to get into it underneath. no photoshop, this is real, i've seen it on the news. god.

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  31. you can see the ledge were the glass slips in on the top and the pixles can be caused by many things, like shrinking a high res large photo to fit the web site, or just a crappy effing camera. did you ever think this was taked By a camera phone, i think it is real.

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  32. Very clever. thanks for posting this.

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  33. swimming swimming, in my swimming pool, when days are hot, when days are cold, in my swimming pool! side stroke, breast stroke fancy diving too, oh don't you wish you never had anything else to do!
    *bows*

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  34. i like how some of you think the people who say its shopped are actually being serious. They're just trolling you. Haha..stupid people

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  35. how doyou get into it??

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  36. I love how many people are commenting about how its pointless, and how they would rather have a real pool. I guess you folks don't understand the concept of art. Go out and get some culture, you single celled fucking organisms.

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  37. Sweet. I was inspired to write about this myself.
    In general Leandro Erlich (the artist that made "The Swimming Pool") likes to mess around with perspective, and our expectations of reality.
    Here's a few more nice photos: The Swimming Pool

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  38. To all those people who say it isnt real, it is. I have been there, and it is AWESOME!!!

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