July 25, 2014 By Christian Murray
Socrates Sculpture Park is about to convert a small lot in Court Square into a life-sized, non-functioning swimming pool.
The new installation will be located on ‘The Lot’ (43-29 Crescent Street) and will consist of a concrete swimming pool filled with grass—instead of water.
Rockrose Development Corp., which opened the high-rise apartment building Linc LIC in Court Square last fall, is funding the piece.
The artwork is aptly titled “Backyard Pool” and is the work of Tamara Johnson.
The pool, which is kidney shaped, features a diving board and tiles.
The artwork aims to resemble small family pools that are found in suburban backyards around the country— including in Johnson’s hometown of Waco, Texas.
The piece is similar to another of Johnson’s works, “A Public Pool,” which was on display at Socrates Sculpture Park from Sept 2013 –March 2014, which was based on the Astoria Park Pool.
Backyard Pool will open on August 2, the same day that The Lot LIC Music & Film Series—sponsored by Rockrose–kicks off at that location for the season.
The Lot LIC Music & Film Series will run from Aug. 2 through Sept. 20 and will feature music every Saturday from 3 pm- 9pm and films every Thursday from 6 pm through 10 pm.
M. Wells Steakhouse, located next door to ‘The Lot,’ will offer food.