Following our 2009 debut of the Macro Sea dumpster pools, we’ve been working on creating mobile swimming pools that can be set up anywhere. We ended up with a dumpster pool that you can literally unload off of a truck, fill with water, plug in, and go swimming. Our goal was to use these mobile swimming pools, made from objects typically utilized to store and haul junk, in unexpected settings.

We were honored with an invitation from the New York City Mayor’s Office and the Department of Transportation to participate in NYC’s Third Annual Summer Streets event. Iconic Grand Central Station and the Park Avenue Viaduct was the backdrop of our first public mobile dumpster pool project. For three Saturdays in August 2010, hundreds of New Yorkers swam in our dumpster pools and lounged at our lo-fi country club.

Now that we’ve made code-compliant, street-legal dumpster pools, Macro Sea is working to create cost-effective ways to bring pop-up pools to municipalities nationwide.

CONCEPT, DESIGN + DIRECTION:
David Belt, Macro Sea, Executive Director

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT + PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
Alix Feinkind, Macro Sea, Project Manager

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT, + COORDINATION:
James Neu, DBI, Project Manager

PROJECT COORDINATION + IN-HOUSE DJ:
Rebecca Birmingham, Macro Sea, General Counsel + Creative Director

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT + PROJECT ASSISTANCE:
Sean Reagin

COLLABORATION + CONSULTING:
Jocko Weyland, Macro Sea, Aesthetic Collaborator + Consultant

VISUALIZATION + DESIGN COLLABORATION:
Vamos Architects

FILING ARCHITECT + POOL CONSULTANT:
Joel Trace

FABRICATOR OF CUSTOMIZED DUMPSTER CONTAINERS:
Cooper Tank + Welding Corp.

INSTALLATION ON PARK AVENUE, POOL DECK + RAILING FABRICATION:
Hecho Design + Construction

POOL OPERATION + MANAGEMENT, POOL CUSTOMIZATION:
Todd Harris
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  • Inspiration - Historic Grand Central Terminal

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  • 2010 Summer Streets Event

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  • Mobile pools at The Palms, 2011.

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  • Mobile Pools at The Palms, Long Island City, 2011.

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