Lyndhurst Swimming Pool Building Opens with Site-Specific Art Exhibit
Lyndhurst continues to enhance every architectural, cultural and landscape component of the mansion’s extensive property on South Broadway in Tarrytown. Following on several successful art exhibits in the Carriage House and an archival presentation in the Bowling Alley, Executive Director, Howard Zar has invited artist Jorge Otero-Pailos to present a site-specific art presentation at Lyndhurst’ Pool Building while renovation is taking place. It’s a masterful use of inchoate construction, inviting visitors into a space that has long been dormant and derelict though full of history and architectural detail – waiting to be uncovered, restored and brought back to life..
Watershed Moment is a site-specific art installation commissioned to mark the opening of Lyndhurst’s cavernous and unrestored swimming pool building after a period of extensive stabilization. Combining water sounds, dust, and conceived as a meditative space by artist and historic preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos, the installation invites visitors to pause and reflect on their memories; personal, social, and environmental, that define each of us.
Photo credit: Emma Gencarelli
The installation includes latex casts of the raw brick interior walls of the building suspended from ceiling joists over the empty swimming pool below. While traversing around the mosaic tile-inlaid pool deck, visitors can experience these 67-foot-long curtains of glowing latex while being enveloped by a series of water sounds recorded from throughout New York State.
In its unrestored state, the building is spacious, unsealed, and well-ventilated with a clear directional path through the exhibition, providing ample social-distancing space between visitors.
Built by Helen Gould in 1911, the Lyndhurst swimming pool building was designed after a Roman bath for the late Gilded Age elite. It was abandoned during World War II when coal was unavailable to heat the boilers. Over the years it was destroyed by water leaking through the roof, causing the decorative plaster and wood elements to deteriorate. Today it is evocatively ruined but in a stabilized condition.
Watershed Moment marks the first time that the Lyndhurst swimming pool building will be open to the public as a museum space.
Fall Preview: September 18th-November 1ST, 2020
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Swimming pool building
Free entry to exhibit: Purchase of Daily Grounds Pass or Landscape Tour ticket required to enter property by car.
About the Artist
Jorge Otero-Pailos is a New York-based artist and preservation architect best known for making monumental casts of historically charged buildings. Drawing from his formal training in architecture and preservation, Otero-Pailos’ art practice deals with memory, culture, and transitions, and invites the viewer to consider buildings and functional objects as powerful agents of change. Many of his artworks are made by preserving parts of monuments deemed insignificant by others, whether it be dust, or entire building parts.
Watershed Moment is a multi-disciplinary art installation that involves the interplay of monumental cast-latex curtains, changing lights and the sound of six different New York State bodies of water. Visitors may enter at any time and stay for any length of time. For those wishing to experience the full interplay of the piece, entry on the hour or half-hour is recommended. Watershed Moment lasts for 20 minutes with a five-minute period of quiet and contemplation at both the beginning and end. During the Fall Preview, social distancing will be maintained by a gallery attendant stationed in the building.
Entry to Watershed Moment and the swimming pool building is free. However, those entering Lyndhurst by car are required to either purchase a daily grounds pass or landscape tour to gain access to the property.
There is no vehicular parking near the swimming pool building. Visitors will need to park in the Lyndhurst upper parking lot and walk across estate lawns to reach the exhibit. When entering Lyndhurst, a visitor associate can provide you with a map, parking directions and walking directions. The swimming pool building is adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct trail at the northeastern corner of the Lyndhurst property and is easily accessible to walkers.
Fall Preview: September 18th-November 1st, 2020
Fridays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sundays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Last daily entry 3:30 PM
The exhibition will reopen to the public in its full form from May 28th through September 26th, 2021. At that time, pending cessation of the coronavirus pandemic, visitors will be able to visit the exhibition at their leisure. Additional exhibition materials will be included at that time.
The exhibition is ADA accessible, requiring drop-off of visitors with limited mobility as the nearest parking lot is across wide estate lawns.