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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ghost Pool

This little 'ruin porn' photo exploration examines what I call The Ghost Pool. According to Theron Lund - the art teacher who let me photodocument this sealed off part of Victoria School - : 17 or 18 years ago, the pool custodian turned off the re-circ pumps (or something) and left for the weekend. The pool overfilled, water got underneath the cement basin, froze and cracked the bottom of the pool, rendering it 'pooched' for further use. In the past few years Victoria School has undergone a demolition of part of the old school and construction of a new part. It was a 28 million dollar project (started as a 63M$ reno, but it got pared back). The school is actually smaller than it used to be, but much more efficient, space and energy use wise. One thing that had to remain was the fantastic, original auditorium. The high school theatre is top notch. Production values are OTW*. The superstructure that holds up the auditorium's stage and seating is......the pool. Hence no demolition of the pool area underneath the theatre. Authorized access only. Eerie to say the least. Must be something that the old pool can be used for. Skate-park? Performances? Art studios? Recording? There are safety/liability issues, of course. It was built to last! Here is the pool, the girls' pink shower area, the boys' terrazzo shower stalls and various other dusty corners. LOLDONGS! 
*OTW Outta This World


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