The Big Swim
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About the artwork

The Big Swim is a unique live event where participants experience swimming in a cloud of light and colour. As the outside light fades the colours change inside, creating a stunning installation. Focused on light, colour and locality, the project is intentionally accessible and aims to enhance familiar surroundings through a captivating community experience.

The vision for the installation was akin to making a painting that the audience could dive into. Tine looked at paintings by Rothko, planning and creating the installation as a massive immersive painting.

Created as part of the Cultural Olympiad ahead of the 2012 Games in London, the project promote local community interest in swimming.


The Big Swim was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and was awarded the London 2012’s Inspire Mark.

The project took place at:
Camberwell Leisure Centre, London.
Barton Leisure Centre, Oxford.

What people said

“Seriously beautiful” This Summer hit is Tine Bech’s Big Swim project. Have a look at the lovely video of folks swimming in the unique colour mists that Tine created for the work. A triumph of health and safety.
-Professor Jon Dovey, Digital Culture Research Centre.

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