A spring-fed pool from the Victorian era? A sculpture competition inspired by environmental sculptor Andy Goldsworthy? Yes, please!
This weekend, on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, local artist Ross McDermott is curating the first annual Blue Ridge Swim Club sculpture competition. The nine participating artists will have two days to build a piece of sculpture on the grounds of the historic swim club, using only found, natural materials. The competition will be judged by National Geographic photographer and artist Sam Abell.
All are welcome to attend on Sunday to see the sculptures, observe the judging, and (of course!) enjoy a leisurely late afternoon by the pool. The judging takes place at 5:00pm. If you have not been to the Blue Ridge Swim Club, it a unique facility, built in the early 1900s by an engineer who designed the Panama Canal. The pool itself is over 100 yards long and lies in a picturesque valley in the woods.
Admission is $10, which includes pool access from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Food and drinks are welcome, although please do not bring any bottles.