Elisabeth Tonnard

One Swimming Pool

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This book is a portable swimming pool that can be put on a bookshelf. It is based on Ed Ruscha’s book Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass from which one swimming pool was photographed. If the sheets are carefully removed from the book and laid down next to each other, this swimming pool can be installed at the size of a small swimming pool. The book was bound using an adhesive that allows the sheets to be taken out. Doing so will of course destroy the book in its bound form.

Published in an edition of nine copies and an artist proof by Elisabeth Tonnard in Leerdam, The Netherlands, 2013.

Installation size ± 648 x 648 cm. Book size 14.8 x 18.8 x 19 cm. Full color digital print, 3164 pages, bound in 9 sections attached to each other, plus inserted fold-out sheet with overview and instructions for installation. See more images. See a time-lapse made at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam during the exhibition On the Move.

Of this edition only one copy (nr. 9) is still available. The book is included in the collections of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in München, Getty Museum, New York Public Library (Spencer Collection), Texas Gallery in Houston, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Thanks to current and past members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative and to David Mount, Johan Velter and Wiet Tonnard for talking with me about this project. Special thanks to Chris Burnett, Michael Maranda and Wim Kamsteeg for helping me overcome the technical difficulties, and to Johan Deumens for his commitment to seeing the work presented to the appropriate collections.

If ever there was a book to dive into, this would be it. Mishka Henner

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Below are photos of an installation of One Swimming Pool on the floor of the auditorium at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (on November 29, 2014).

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Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

February 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm