The “Pool Lane Rope” is a universal symbol for aquatic centres around the world. The tensile ropes respond to the movement of water and bend and flow according to surrounding forces.
By reappropriating and rescaling the “pool lane rope” into an urban setting, LANE CHANGE links the themes of water and energy with the pool lane divider, a universal symbol of aquatic centres. LANE CHANGE expands this object into an inhabitable environment, turning the “pool” vertically, and twisting elements together in the same way that the lanes naturally glide across the water. Its six intertwining tubes also pay homage to the form and nature of waterslides.
LANE CHANGE reproduces the experience of being immersed in water with a series of reflective rings, rotated and stacked to capture, mirror and refract light. The unique material properties and geometry of the installation, creates a myriad of effects including playful light patterns projected on the surrounds. Throughout the day, as the sun rises and sets over, the artwork throws dancing light formations of ripples and waves onto the surrounding environment. The work reproduces a moment in time, an experiential immersion in water, but on land. The space beneath and around LANE CHANGE becomes a responsive environment that generates conversation through its magical fluid qualities of light.