Springtime in New York means that there's tons of new art installations going up all over the city.

And we're not complaining, since what better backdrop is there to all of the super rad outdoor activities happening in New York City? 

However, the piece that's recently gone up in Rockefeller Center is definitely one of the most outlandish ones we've ever seen. 

If you walk past Rock Center and spot a massive swimming pool turned on its side, you're not hallucinating.

It's real. We knew it was coming. We knew about it, and we waited, and waited, and waited. 

But yes-- and we can assure you of this, since we went up there to see the thing for ourselves --it's very real. 

We also Snapchatted the whole thing, so if you're not already following us there... do that



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The sculpture, titled "Van Gogh's Ear," has all the trappings of a real life swimming pool - polished stainless steel ladder, blue interior, and a diving board. 

But when turned on its side, it mimics the shape of a human ear. 


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The thing is MASSIVE, as you can see. 

It's also hella realistic. To us, it looks like someone just ripped our childhood neighbor's pool right from the ground and stuck it up on 5th Avenue.

The thing is definitely a little jarring, but as it turns out, that was the intention behind the piece.


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The artists, Scandinavian duo Elmgreen & Dragset, have said that the suburban feeling invoked by a swimming pool contrasted with the architecture of the city creates an interesting juxtaposition that they wish to explore.

Mission accomplished.


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If you'd like to see the sculpture for yourself, it'll be on display today through June 3rd at the Fifth Avenue entrance to Rockefeller Center. 

It's definitely not one to miss. 

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