Leandro Erlich “Swimming Pool”: Art and Engineering.
Leandro Erlich, an internationally renowned artist, is known for his stunning and thought-provoking installations that challenge the boundaries of reality and illusion. His work “Swimming Pool,” a sculptural installation of a pool made entirely of acrylic glass, has captured the imagination of audiences around the world. The installation, which appears as though visitors are walking on the bottom of a pool with people swimming above them, has been exhibited in cities such as New York, London, Tokyo, and now our very own Miami!
In his most recent exhibition, “Liminal,” Erlich continues to explore the theme of illusion and transformation. The exhibition features a collection of installations that create a sense of liminality – the state of being in-between or on the threshold. One of the highlights of the exhibit is “Swimming Pool,” which was created specifically for the exhibition. This time, the installation was made through the collaboration with Eastern Engineering Group, a Miami-based structural engineering firm that played a significant role in bringing the exhibit to life. This article will delve into the story of Leandro Erlich and his work, “Swimming Pool,” and how Eastern Engineering Group became involved in the installation of this masterpiece in Miami.
Arte A Produções: Producing Art is to Produce Encounters
Prior to discussing this remarkable piece of art and the talented artist responsible for its creation, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge and express our appreciation to our valued client, Arte A Produções. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to collaborate with your esteemed team, and we are truly grateful for the trust and confidence you have placed in Eastern Engineering Group as your chosen structural engineering firm.
About Arte A Produções
The act of creating art is essentially the act of creating meaningful encounters. These encounters take place between the artist and their audience, between one’s creative expression and the other’s gaze, between experiences and emotions, between the art market and historical influences, and between the local and the universal. This fundamental concept is what drives Arte A, an organization that has been devoted to bringing the best of the world’s art to Brazil and sharing Brazilian art with the world since 2006.
Arte A boasts a highly skilled and experienced multidisciplinary team, led by partners Rodolfo de Athayde and Ania Rodríguez. With over 15 years of experience in art and humanities, as well as extensive knowledge of renowned and award-winning music and visual arts projects, this team provides exceptional expertise and passion to each and every one of their art and culture projects. Arte A played a pivotal role in bringing “The Swimming Pool,” a captivating work of art by Leandro Erlich, to Miami and making it accessible for all of its residents to enjoy.
Who is Leandro Erlich?
Leandro Erlich is an Argentine conceptual artist known for his large-scale installations that challenge perception and play with reality. Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Erlich studied at the National University of Arts in Argentina before moving to Paris to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He has since exhibited his work in museums and galleries around the world, including the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires.
Erlich is best known for his interactive installations that use optical illusions and mirrors to create surreal and mind-bending experiences. His works often invite viewers to question their own perceptions of space and time, and to playfully engage with the world around them. Erlich’s work has been described as “architectural conundrums” and “psychological landscapes,” and his installations have become popular Instagram backdrops and tourist attractions. Despite their playful nature, Erlich’s works also tackle deeper themes such as identity, social constructs, and the relationship between humans and their environments.
The Artistic Evolution of Leandro Erlich
Leandro Erlich’s artistic evolution began in the late 1980s when he started experimenting with mirrors and optical illusions, which would become a recurring theme in his work. He became known for creating installations that play with the viewer’s perception, often using everyday objects in unexpected ways. In the early 2000s, Erlich began working with architecture, creating installations that replicate rooms, staircases, and other architectural elements. His pieces challenge the viewer’s sense of space and often create an eerie, dreamlike atmosphere.
In recent years, Erlich has expanded his artistic vision, creating large-scale installations that engage with social and environmental issues. One example is his “Sandworm” installation in Denmark, which is made of recycled wood and is designed to draw attention to the impact of climate change on the coastline. Erlich’s art continues to evolve, and he remains a significant figure in the contemporary art world, known for his innovative approach and his ability to create immersive, thought-provoking installations that capture the viewer’s imagination.
Leandro Erlich: Liminal
“Liminal,” is a stunning showcase of his creative genius, featuring a series of large-scale installations that invite visitors to step into a world of wonder and uncertainty. The exhibit’s title, “Liminal,” refers to the transitional space between two states, a theme that runs throughout Erlich’s work and is particularly evident in the exhibit’s centerpiece, “Swimming Pool.”
The Art of Illusion: An Exploration of Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool”
“Swimming Pool” is a breathtaking installation that mimics the experience of being underwater, despite being entirely above ground. The work comprises a large-scale pool with a shimmering blue surface, surrounded by a set of stairs that lead down into the water. But as visitors approach the pool, they will discover that the surface of the water is, in fact, a suspended layer of acrylic glass that they can walk on, experiencing the sensation of being submerged without getting wet. “Swimming Pool” is a masterpiece of engineering and design, showcasing Erlich’s skill at creating immersive experiences that challenge our perception of reality.
Eastern Engineering Group: The Fine Line Between Art and Engineering
Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool” installation is a masterpiece that blurs the line between art and engineering. Through his innovative use of acrylic glass and optical illusions, Erlich challenges the viewer’s perception of reality, creating immersive experiences that engage with the world around us. Eastern Engineering Group played an essential role in bringing this remarkable work of art to life, collaborating with Arte A Produções to make the installation accessible to the people of Miami. Erlich’s creative genius continues to evolve, with his latest exhibition, “Liminal,” showcasing his ability to create thought-provoking installations that invite visitors to step into a world of wonder and uncertainty. Erlich’s work will undoubtedly continue to captivate and inspire audiences around the world, inviting us to question our own perceptions and the world around us. Don’t miss this exhibit as it will be available at the Perez Art Museum for a limited time!
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