Lounge Around This Faux-Pool in Long Island City

By Jeanmarie Evelly on July 24, 2014 8:41am 

 "Backyard Pool" by Tamara Johnson will open Aug. 2 at The Lot at 43-29 Crescent St.
"Backyard Pool" by Tamara Johnson will open Aug. 2 at The Lot at 43-29 Crescent St.
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Socrates Sculpture Park

LONG ISLAND CITY — A new public art installation is making a splash in Queens.

Outdoor museum Socrates Sculpture Park is taking its work off-site this summer, filling The Lot at 43-29 Crescent St. — where a film and music fest will take place next month — with a life-sized but non-functional swimming pool.

"Backyard Pool," by Tamara Johnson, features the concrete and tile outline of a swimming pool, complete with a diving board, handrail and "No Diving" sign, but with only grass in its center where the water should be.

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The installation is meant to mimic the pools commonly found in suburban backyards and to "transplant an intimate and domestic sense of space and play in an otherwise urban setting," according to an announcement.

The piece is similar to another of Johnson's works, "Public Pool," which was on display at Socrates Sculpture Park last fall through this spring and which was modeled after Astoria Park Pool.

"Backyard Pool," will open to the public Aug. 2, the same day as the launch of The Lot LIC Music and Film Series, which will bring weekly outdoor movies and concerts to the Crescent Street space, along with food from the popular M. Wells Steakhouse next door.

Both the festival and the installation are sponsored by Rockrose Development Corp., which owns the landscaped lot. Socrates Sculpture Park featured another off-site installation there last year.

The Lot is free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays through Sept. 20, the space will be open 3 to 10 p.m. as part of the live concerts series.

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