Going Swimmingly

You might not be the next Mark Foster or Rebecca Adlington, but thanks to a new art installation you could still swim at the Olympics – well, sort of.

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The colours!

Danish-born artist Tine Bech has created the Big Swim installation – part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad – which allows people to ‘experience swimming in a cloud of light and colour’, using a fog generator and different coloured lights installed around the pool.

Swimmers will be able to dive into the colourful water and the installation will use the five Olympic colours: blue, yellow, purple, green and red.

The colours!
swimming in design

Bech says, ‘We wanted to create a playful piece of work which seamlessly combined art with sport.

‘The Olympic colours are iconic, so I am hoping that the fog and light will create a memorable experience for those taking part or watching.’

The colours!
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The Big Swim is being installed at the Camberwell Leisure Centre in London on 23 July from 6pm-10pm and will then go to the Barton Leisure Centre in Oxford from 4pm-8pm on 24 July. Visit www.thebigswim.co.uk

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