Meg Webster’s Pool is a site-specific installation comprised of natural and man-made elements. Originally commissioned in 1998 for the MoMA PS1 duplex gallery by Alanna Heiss, the founder of the museum, Pool addresses the powerful intersection between nature and built environments. By harnessing technology, Webster is able to bring the outdoors inside, evoking an experience with nature while also highlighting the architectural and technological structures that support it. She makes no effort to hide the mechanics that make the installation possible; the electric water pumps, copper and plastic pipes, and rubber pool lining are all in direct view. As Webster states, “Here, what you see is what you see.”
To honor MoMA PS1’s own pioneering history in social practice and politically and ecologically engaged exhibitions, Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist consulted P.S.1’s founder Alanna Heiss and asked her to be an honorary curatorial voice in EXPO 1: New York.