Glas award for swimming pool at Museum Voorlinden
A work of art in Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar, has won the biennial Glas Award. It involves the 'schijnzwembad' (imaginary swimming pool) by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich. The work of art is a glass plate with 6 centimetres of water and a space underneath, giving it the impression of being a real pool where you can walk under water.
Museum Voorlinden, designed by Dirk Jan Postel of Kraaijvanger architectural firm in Rotterdam, opened in September. It contains the art collection of Joop van Caldenborgh. The Glas Award is presented by Bouwend Nederland, the employers' association in the construction industry. Four buildings, a work of artwork and a stained-glass window were nominated.
The jury praised the imaginary swimming pool because 'flat glass' is a special material with many features, which involves much more science than the eye can see. Simplicity, transparency but also a wealth of knowledge and features. All of these aspects come together in this single work of art: using a simple glass plate, an entire swimming pool is represented".
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