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Historic Maddox Pool, Westside Atlanta
public choreographies + pool restoration
2012


Working with the Bankhead Community, Park Pride Atlanta, and Reverend Hill's Boys Club, Lauri led a 5-week resuscitation of Historic Maddox Pool, closed to the neighborhood for a decade, to repurpose vacant space as a temporary gathering mecca.  During the process, Lauri reflects on childhood memories and the contentious role of public pools as a vessel for American sociological and historic realities, including White Flight, and Atlanta's catalytic role in the Civil Rights movement.  Filmmaker Micah Stansell's underwater film, projected on the surfaces of the empty pool, re-imagines 1960's living quarters.

 

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Photography: Thom Baker