An Artist Created The Ultimate Treasure Hunt In The Desert.

If you are in Southern California and up for a challenge, get ready for a road trip into the Mojave Desert. Somewhere, among the hot sand and prickly vegetation, is a secret swimming pool, just waiting for you to dip your toes into its sparkling blue waters. The free oasis comes complete with a solar-powered filter and chlorination system, that is…

If you can find it. The person who installed the 11 x 5 pool is none other than artist Alfredo Barsuglia. He left keys to the pool at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, as well as a set of GPS coordinates. Anyone can go to the MAK and request the key, but it cannot be reserved or taken for longer than 24 hours. 

Barsuglia calls the installation “Social Pool,” and says he created the piece for anyone who is willing to learn the hard way to appreciate one of humanity’s most precious resources – water. In the artist’s own words: “You really have to go and search for it. This requires a hike through the desert, which, depending on where you happen to leave your car, could be anywhere from 20 minutes to more than an hour.”

This is not the first time that Barsuglia has set up statement art in the Mojave Desert. In 2008, he unveiled his half-buried “Oderfla Beauty Resort” in Flamingo Heights. 

Does Barsuglia’s art make its point about consumption, greed, vanity, and other flaws of humanity? Does it do a person good to hike through the desert to seek a reward? It’s a trip that is like no other, and one that is best enjoyed with friends, bathing suits, and a whole lot of sunscreen. 

For more information on the Social Pool, click here. And don’t forget to share this story with friends and family – it’s never too early to start planning your summer vacation. 

Credit: Alfredo Barsuglia

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