Alex Proba Turns Basic Pools into Works of Abstract Art

If quarantine has taught us anything, it is important to get the most out of your home as you could spend a lot of time there, like in 2020 and through 2021. I don’t know about you but have so much time in one room I dreamed of having my own outdoor space and if you were to throw a swimming pool in it maybe it would be okay never to go again. Even better than just a pool is a pool painted by Alex Proba. While the artist has based her signature art on a variety of products, including carpets, tiles, wallpaper, murals, textiles, and more, swimming pools are a more recent endeavor. Three pools have been completed so far and with the visually dynamic results they probably won’t be the last!

This modern mid-century home named Hill House in Palm Springs, California features a backyard pool with a curved shape. The organic shape of the pool goes well with Proba’s style in that it incorporates various shapes that interact with each other in either solid colors or bold patterns. If you want to take a bath, you can rent the house here on Airbnb!

Alex Proba in action paints the Hill House Pool

A pool that you might be familiar with when we recently unveiled the 1957-renovated Wexler home in Rancho Mirage, California near Palm Springs. This project marks Proba’s first entry into pool murals, in which their characteristic aesthetics of playful shapes and bold colors bring the garden and the angular pool to life. The dreamy Marrow Midcentury house was renovated in 2020 by Bells & Whistles from Los Angeles with bright rooms, lively colors and geometric patterns, which the pool complements perfectly.

Proba and assistant paint the Marrow Midcentury Pool

Finally, the Manhattan Park Pool is a rotating mural project in its sixth year curated by K & Co and Pilskin Architecture. Proba received the license to cover the 8,000 square meter deck of the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island with their self-described “Shape Party”. 50 gallons of paint later and the pool deck is transformed with oversized shapes that transform from the edges to the rectangular pool. The result is a playful place that visitors want to live in all summer.

Hill House Pool and Marrow Midcentury Pool Photos by Madeline Tolle.
Manhattan Park Pool photos by Ben Touhey.

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