Written by Claire Leaden and Bianca Bahamondes
As summer rolls in, we’ll all be in need of a place to cool down and escape the city’s heat (as if we haven’t been already), and the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island has finally reopened!
In its seventh season, Roosevelt Island’s waterfront pool is back with yet another gorgeous colorful mural on its pool deck. Every year since 2014, K&CO Design and Pliskin Architecure have worked with the Manhattan Park residential complex to create a pop-up art installation for the Manhattan Park Pool Club, commissioning a different local artist each year.
Last year’s pastel dream deck was designed by the local Proba Design Studio. And this year’s candy-colored beauty was designed by Brooklyn-based artist Melissa Dadourian.
Here’s a bit about the artist: Melissa Dadourian is a Brooklyn based artist working in textile media, painting and sculpture. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Combined Media and Painting from Hunter College. Recently Dadourian presented work at the Albany Airport, the University of Buffalo as well as Transmitter Gallery and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. Residencies include Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, The Textile Arts Center, the American Academy in Rome, and the Citè Internationale des Artes in Paris.
The pool deck is 8,000 square feet, so they usually need to use about 50 gallons of paint. The design is light and whimsical, with colorful stripes, circles and patterns.
“I make wall pieces, sculptures, and installations. The fiber and material structures I create are knit and dyed fabric abstractions. These geometric abstractions can be seen as reinterpreting abstract painting in a feminine slant,” Dadourian shared in a statement.
For the Manhattan Park Pool mural I was thinking a lot about creating areas of play and game spaces with overlapping shapes. I began by moving around forms I use in my work; playing with color combinations that stayed within a specific palette. This type of collage process is kind of like a puzzle of shapes fitting together. The final piece is like a large flattened out installation that people can walk on top of.
Considering its bright, colorful appearance we can already expect our Instagram feeds to be can be flooded with photos from here!
The pool is open weekdays 9:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.; 12:50 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and weekends & holidays 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 4:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
If you’re not a resident of Roosevelt Island you can still stop by the pool throughout the summer on weekdays for $50 and $65 on the weekend. Roosevelt Island residents can access the pool for $30 during weekdays and $40 on weekends.
Email email@example.com or call 212.759.8660 to make a reservation. You can also purchase a season-long or monthly membership. Find more info on their website here!
featured image source: Courtesy Manhattan Park Management
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