From left to right: +POOL founders Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin and Archie Coates IV, musician Kanye West, Olympian Conor Dwyer, and +POOL founder Oana Stanescu. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com
Fans and supporters of +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering pool, gathered at Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo on Wednesday night for the initiative’s first Fall Swim Benefit. US Olympian swimmer Conor Dwyer hosted the event, and rapper Kanye West attended in support of the innovative project, which is currently considering several different locations for its projected 2017 opening. When built, the floating, plus-shaped pool is expected to clean about 500,000 gallons of river water a day while offering visitors a unique and educational way to take a dip.
+POOL founders Dong-Ping Wong, Oana Stanescu, Archie Coates IV and Jeff Franklin kicked off the fundraiser at Brooklyn Bridge Park by launching an online auction for a private swimming lesson with Olympic Gold Medalist Conor Dywer. The auction will remain live for two weeks, and final bids must be submitted by November 14th.
Dwyer also lent his hosting talents to the event along with Opening Ceremony co-founders Carol Lim & Humberto Leon. +POOL Honorary Chair, architect Sharon Davis, and Founding Board Members Joshua David, co-founder of the Highline; Karen Wong, deputy director of the New Museum and co-founder of NEW INC; and Marc Kushner, CEO of Architizer also came to share their enthusiasm for the project.
Recording artist and design enthusiast Kanye West attended the party in support of his friends Dong-Ping Wong and Oana Stanescu, who are co-founders of +POOL. Wong and Stanescu have worked on several architectural projects with West in the past.
The funds raised at +POOL’s Fall Swim Benefit will go towards the next phase of the process — building the actual pool structure. If you’d like to help get +POOL afloat, commemorative pool tiles benefiting the project are still available for purchase here. Every backer will have their name or message permanently etched into the pool, which is currently the largest crowdfunded civic architecture project to date.