After it’s heyday in the 1930s and before its current reactivation as an outdoor swimming pool the London Field’s Lido in Hackney,London had a period of latency and dereliction – the pool basin empty and the changing rooms squatted. In this period I accessed the site through meeting its occupants and created a temporary installation that drew on both the romantic ambiance of the ‘secret garden’ feel of the disused lido at that time, and by the idea of 1930s Londoners taking a ‘seaside holiday in the city’. The surreal installation was made up of suspended deckchairs and the sound of seagulls and 1930 romance tunes. Amid this strange deckchair fleet, a lone figure is then glimpsed in her private reverie through the swaying buddleia which surrounded the graffiti clad pool sides, and capture in a moment in time.
The film of the project has been shown back in the Lido since as part of Lido Love.