(TruthSeekerDaily)  An odd man-made oasis exists deep inside the Mojave Desert and is certainly the last thing you would expect to see on the dry and desolate land.  But there is a purposeful reason it’s there, which is also a surprise in and of itself.  Someone placed it there with a meaning in mind.

The eleven-by-five foot “social pool” was put in Southern California desert by artist Alfredo Barsuglia, who installed it as a nod “toward the phenomenon of large-scale Land Art installations in deserts around the American West.”

Barsuglia conceptualized this creation for this exact location to represent the effort people make to reach a luxury good.  The contrast of this beautifully contemporary pool far off in this arid place, conveys that message perfectly.

“In its purposefully slick absurdity and inherent stance against nature – it even has an automatic, solar panel-operated filter and chlorine system – Social Pool combines elements of the sublime and the ridiculous,” a post on the artwork’s website further states. “Its absurdity becomes even more tangible with the relative inconvenience of reaching it, similar to the pains one goes through to “get-away” – when no internet research is too time-consuming, no journey by plane, train, car, bus, or boat (or any combination of the above) is too arduous to reach the location where one c-n relax and hopefully rediscover, for at least a week or two, one’s true self.”

The artist has made the installment not just about the pool but the journey to it.  As such, he’s made it so GPS coordinates to the pool can be obtained, as well as a key, but only by visiting the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood.Pool2

However, as random as the pool is in that location, the opportunity get to it may be as well.  On the center’s website is states, “Please call or pass by the MAK Center on the day you want to visit Social Pool and check if the key is available.”  “No reservation possible.”

The MAK center’s site also provides fair warning to tourists about the journey saying, “Social Pool is located in the desert, in a remote area without any infrastructure,” it continues. “Be aware that there are no roads, trails or signs that lead to the pool. You will have to walk a certain distance in order to reach the pool from the nearest road.”  Considering the message this installment was designed to convey, the path to it is par for the course in really experiencing that lesson.
Late last month, a few reporters for the LAist discovered the pool and provided some more details about what visitors might expect during the journey:

You can expect to do a little driving on unpaved roads, and you can expect to do a little hiking in the desert. You shouldn’t drive all the way to the pool because you might get stuck and also, it isn’t nice to run over plants. You may encounter snakes, lizards, hares and other desert creatures along your way, but probably few humans.

The pool is small but it is also a glaring white, so you should be able to spot it if your coordinates are accurate and you are observant. The pool has two locks both opened by the key and then you and a buddy should be able to pull the cover off.

Once you have opened the pool, you’re looking at a very smart installation. The water is clean (assuming your predecessors have followed the rules) and cool compared to the desert wind, which felt like an oven on this particular day. A cute octopus bobs on the surface, telling you the precise temperature. There is a solar powered filter and cleaning supplies.

The visiting season runs through the hottest months of the year, ending on September 30th.

h/t: [ SocialPool ]