Pool, the Alchemy of Blue is an art project featuring a variety of geometric arrangements with chunks of concrete that explores “identity, connection and ‘genius loci' or sense of place” by Australian artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove. The various floor and suspended installations are each made of pieces of concrete extracted from an old pool in Coledale, Australia.
The artist felt inspired to begin this series from her daily walks on the beach once the pool was being renovated in 2011. The basic shape and composition of the structures is simple: a circular formation with one side elevated to echo both the cycle of the moon and the motion of rippling waves. (For similar geometric stone formations, check out the works of Jae-Hyo Lee and Giuseppe Randazzo.)
As part of her project, the artist got the community involved in constructing the various phases of the moon by the Coledale pool at different points of the year, the first being a blue moon on August 31, 2012. This was followed by a new moon on October 15, 2012. The piece is a reflection of time and change and the artist says, “Pool, the Alchemy of Blue isn't about ruin but about transformation… Australia has a unique history of sea pools. Pool, the Alchemy of Blue will operate as a love song to this history.”
The artist's installations are currently on display at Wollongong City Gallery through June 17, 2013.
Lizzie Buckmaster Dove website
Pool, the Alchemy of Blue blog