Photo: The Central Recreation Center pool in South LA (Frances Anderton)
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American swimmer Simone Manuel broke the world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics last week, tying for first place. But her win represented another barrier smashed, as the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. DnA visited the newly-renovated Central Pool in South LA and looks at what it'll take to erase the color barrier to swimming -- which can have deadly consequences. We talked to the pool's architect Michael Lehrer, some children enjoying the pool, the head of LA's Recreation and Parks Department, and members of the group Diversity in Aquatics.
Jeff Wiltse, University of Montana
Miriam Lynch, Diversity in Aquatics (@teachnmoney)
Shaun Anderson, Diversity in Aquatics (@diversityinaqua)
Conrad Cooper, Swim to Me
Michael Lehrer, Lehrer Architects LA (@LehrerArchLA)
Virgil Chancy, Diversity in Aquatics
Michael Shull, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (@lacityparksgm)
Patricia Delgado, LA City Department of Recreation and Parks (@LACityParks)
We've been hearing two things about Los Angeles in recent years. It's fast-becoming an art capital, and it's embracing public space, with new parks, public transit, a reclaimed river and more. But are the two connected? Because if you drive, walk or take the train right now you will see a lot of art. The list includes: the recent Current LA: Water public art biennial that put conceptual art installations relating to the theme of water, in far-flung corners of the city; Liquid Shard, the floaty tinselly wing suspended over Pershing Square by Patrick Shearn that drew crowds to the unloved park; artworks at each station on the new Gold Line and Expo Line Extensions; and a bumper crop of new murals across the region.
Judithe Hernandez, artist (@judithez)
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)
Matt Stromberg, freelance arts writer (@MattStromberg)
Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly (@cgwagley)
Lizy Dastin, Art and Seeking (@artandseeking)
Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic and curator (@shananys)
'Liquid Shard' art installation makes waves in Pershing Square
'Current: LA' art biennial: Water may be the theme, but gas is what you'll need to see it all
Murals turn blighted LA alleys into an outdoor art gallery
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