This is rather lovely – an art installation at @BrockwellLido, stimulating early memories of water and the freedom that modern day lido life represents.
Gethan and Miles, the creative pair who staged so successfully the wonderful Herne Hill Expo last autumn, are mounting another major project for the forthcoming summer season.
A call went out a couple of months ago for lido lovers to submit a few short sentences, recalling the imagery that water conjures up for them, and how early memories of water compare to the lido experience.
The prose is currently being transformed into a very public piece of art. Gethan and Miles are taking great care to inscribe the words in intricate detail all around the inner bowl of the lovely lido.
With the pool currently empty, it’s a race against time for the artists to prepare the project ahead of the taps being turned on for the traditional season opener of the Art Deco fair on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
I caught up with Gethan and Miles on a wind swept Good Friday. It was somewhat surreal to be walking within the lido pool, the scene of my summer swimming activity for the past fifteen seasons.
The feeling of tranquilly and calm within the space was evident, even for a rather miserable early Easter period. It is this very theme that the project aims to address, exploring the imagery, and making swimming something more than simply a physical feat.
This is another great example of how the lido has been opened up for community based activities, since Fusion took on the twenty-five year lease from @lambeth_council. The management of the lido is in the hands of people who truly understand the benefits that the pool can deliver, and the respect that the surrounds command.
May 3rd can’t come soon enough.