The floating pool project known as +POOL has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Which is good news for anyone who has ever dreamed of riding an inflatable mechanical bull in the middle of the East River.
In case you’d forgotten, +POOL aims to install a plus-shaped floating pool in the river, with a state-of-the-art filtration system to filter out the condoms, dead bodies and other nasty things currently floating in the water; think of it as a giant strainer dropped in the East River. The project was inspired by the East River’s floating pools from the early twentieth century, and seeks to “reclaim the river as a recreational resource for the city,” according to its website. In addition to providing a much-needed public pool for New Yorkers, +POOL’s filtration system will restore 600,000 gallons of river water per day, according to a press release.
Neil Patrick Harris and Heineken have previously expressed their support for the pool. So has High Line co-founder Joshua David, although he acknowledges that the project has a ways to go.
The Art Works grant from the NEA will support further designs of the project’s filtration unit, according to the release. “With support from NEA Art Works, and in partnership with Arup Engineering and the naval architecture firm Persak & Wurmfeld, + POOL will prepare a digital 3D model of + POOL’s filtration unit,” the release explains. “This model will include technical specifications, a working Vessel Information Model (VIM), a physical concept model, and project descriptions, diagrams, and sketches of the + POOL filtration system.” +POOL had previously received an NEA grant for a public art installation in the river that’s set to open this summer.
No word yet on when the actual pool will be open, but if you’re so inclined, you can sign a petition informing Heineken of your desire to swim in the East River via +POOL. If they receive 100,000 signatures, they’ll donate $100,000 to the project, but no pressure.