Miami Beach Convention Center has a new swimming pool designed by German artists Elmgreen and Dragset – but don’t dust off your swimming trunks just yet because all is not what it seems.

The duo is known for their visual trickery and tongue-in-cheek satirical artworks, and the 20ft-tall sculpture – dubbed Bent Pool – is unusable thanks to its vertical installation and doubled-over shape.

Unveiled for Miami Art Week, which includes Art Basel and Design Miami events, the permanent sculpture features an azure bowl and white lacquered rim, inset with lights and a diving board. Viewed from the side, it forms an arch that can shelter one person at a time.

Elmgreen and Dragset unveil a folded swimming pool in Miami called 'Bent Pool'
Photography: Robin Hill

Says the artists: ‘Miami Beach is an area that has seen a rise in extreme weather and flooding; its landscape is in flux. Bent Pool encourages us to think about how we normally interact with our surroundings: how accessible or inaccessible they appear.’

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