The Commie Pool
The Commie Pool illustration by The Lindstrom Effect.
Iain Bruce of The Lindstrom Effect chose this well loved building in Edinburgh as the subject for his illustration as he has always had an affinity with swimming pools, his brother has taught swimming most of his adult life and so a child Iain and his brother were able to go into various swimming pools on days when they were closed to the public, mostly old victorian pools where they would turn up the water temperature and play in the pool all day.
Sitting on the opposite side of the street to Sir Basil Spence’s Beautiful, Staggered, Hexagonal design for Scottish Widows. The Commonwealth Pool (known locally as The Commie), Is a Grade – A listed building, completed in 1970 and designed by John Richards.
While completely modern in tone it’s sympathetic to the Arthurs seat location. It’s beautifully thin silhouette belying the vastness of the pool and diving areas inside. This print can be viewed as half of a dytich, the other half is a print called St Margaret’s Loch. Both prints were created at the same time and though very different in style, the locations shown are very close and so demonstrate’s Edinburgh’s history and architectural diversity.
This print is a modernist tribute to ‘The Commie’ with a simplified digital vision of the building, placed inside a blue water pool dot.
Created by The Lindstrom Efffect for the “Crag & Tale” exhibition, for which we encouraged illustrators to look at Edinburgh from a different perspective. Curated by Nicky Brooks at the Red Door Gallery you can read more about this exhibition here.
This print can be viewed as half of a dytich, the other half is a print called St Margaret’s Loch. Both prints were created at the same time and though very different in style, the locations shown are very close and so demonstrate’s Edinburgh’s history and architectural diversity.
Paper size w 29.5 x h 39.5 cm