Over the past ten years, Miami has been put to the test by storms, hurricanes, and rains. Slowly but surely the sea level continues to rise, while the beaches continue to fill with buildings and skyscrapers. These are just some of the reasons that have led to the ever-increasing construction of swimming pools in the city, in practice almost every house and building complex has one.
The Scandinavian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, to celebrate this new architectural tradition in Miami, but also to raise awareness of issues related to climate change, presented Bent Pool.
It is an oval pool bent on itself that forms an arch 20 feet high, about 6 meters, located in front of the Convention Center in Miami, where every year in this period kicks off the Art Basel of Miami.
The sculpture, with its trampoline, blue surface, and lights, obviously cannot be filled, but its overturned “U” shape was chosen specifically to emulate the arches, architectural structures created to mark the entrances to the city. Unlike the latter, under the Bent Pool, one can pass one at a time, transforming the sculpture into an immersive work.