POOL ART MAKES A SPLASH

Haute Couture meets pool design at the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo Odyssey space designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld strolls by the glamourous Odyssey Pool at Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monte Carlo.

The iconic fashion designer bestowed his chic glamour upon the pool and its surrounds with a poolside mural, featuring blowups of old black & white photographs printed on 18 glass panels, with scenes of the Greek coastline superimposed with images of fashion models, and scenes from Greek literature.

A night view of the stunning Odyssey Pool at Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monte Carlo.

Odyssey features a "beach area" with sun loungers, lush gardens, and a sundeck overlooking the pool.

The glamourous Odyssey Pool at Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monte Carlo.

The Belle Epoque hotel is situated in the Carré d’Or, within walking distance of the Casino. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Lagerfeld teamed up with master chef Joel Robuchon in designing the Robuchon Monte-Carlo, a 2 Michelin stars restaurant.

The Baker Pool designed by James Turrell surrounded by green & blue lights in Greenwich, CT.

BAKER POOL -- JAMES TURRELL

Water does beautiful things with light… and light does beautiful things with water. “Baker Pool” is the epitome of both.

Overhead view of the Baker Pool designed by James Turrell bathed in pink & purple lights in Greenwich, CT.

Designed by artist James Turrell, famous for his monumental light installations, “Baker Pool” was commissioned by Lisa & Richard Baker for the basement of their barn in Greenwich, CT. It made quite a splash on the art and architecture scene.

Water level view of the Baker Pool designed by James Turrell bathed in pink light in a dark barn basement in Greenwich, CT.

The barn, designed by architect Walt Smith, of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, features an open space on the main floor for entertaining. The basement, where the pool resides is another level of playground.

Water level view of the light rimmed Baker Pool designed by James Turrell in a dark barn basement in Greenwich, CT.

The pool is lined with LED lights, can change color, at the whim of the Bakers, to match mood and occasion. They simply select one of Turrell’s pre-programmed light colors and combinations  

The areas surrounding the pool glow with fiber optic cable from Martin Architectural.

The light rimmed Baker Pool designed by James Turrell in a dark barn basement in Greenwich, CT.

The pool’s debut made a splash for another reason too. During its inaugural party, in 2008, a guest unwittingly walked from the barn’s main floor living area down the stairs and right into the water. Turrell fished her out.

Turrell’s first pool installation, built for a French cultural center, invited swimmers to dive under a shaft to view another Turrell installation, one of his iconic skyscapes.

The light rimmed Baker Pool in a dark barn basement. Designed by James Turrell in Greenwich, CT.

“My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”

Turrell’s “Agua de Luz” series of Skyspaces and Pools is constructed inside a pyramid in the Yucatán.

See more James Turrell works in The Art of Orange Light Now.

Palm trees reflected in the water of the Hockney Pool at the Roosevelt Hotel in West Hollywood, CA.

“My work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing. I’m also interested in the sense of presence of space; that is space where you feel a presence, almost an entity — that physical feeling and power that space can give.”

Turrell’s “Agua de Luz” series of Skyspaces and Pools is constructed inside a pyramid in the Yucatán.

See more James Turrell works in The Art of Orange Light Now.

Little boy swimming in the beautiful blue Hockney Pool at the Roosevelt Hotel in West Hollywood. Designed and created by David Hockney.

ROOSEVELT HOTEL POOL -- DAVID HOCKNEY

Artist David Hockney is known for his paintings of swimming pools. His iconic pool images are bright, clear colored, with stylized water ripple patterns.

Hockney’s fascination with pools led him to pursue turning some of them into works of art in their own right. He painted the pools themselves.

A corner of the Hockney Pool at the Roosevelt Hotel with blue half ellipses at the bottom. Designed and created by David Hockney. West Hollywood, CA.

We love the Hockney pool at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. He painted the bottom with his patterned ripples in 1988. When overzealous local officials attempted to remove the painting, citing potential safety hazards, they changed their minds once they were told they would be obliterating a work of art valued at about $1 million at the time. Fortunately, the beautiful Hockney pool remains.

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The corner of pink light rimmed Baker Pool in a dark barn basement. Designed by James Turrell in Greenwich, CT.

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The light rimmed Baker Pool designed by James Turrell in a dark barn basement in Greenwich, CT.

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