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The swimming pool of Hotel Le Sirenuse is transformed by the otherworldly art of Nicolas Party

A new installation by Nicolas Party enlivens the swimming pool at Le Sirenuse, a family-run boutique hotel in the beautiful seaside town of Positano, Italy. Best known for his abstract interpretations of familiar landscapes, portraits and still lifes that are both fluid and vibrant, the Swiss artist has completely transformed the pool terrace into an immersive and playful space where organic shapes intertwine and dance underwater.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

Nicolas Party reinterprets the popular swimming pool of Le Sirenuse

The project is the 11th addition to the hotel's ongoing site-specific commission series, led by art consultant Rilka Rittson-Thomas. Party's work, a vibrant waterscape made of mosaics – a choice made at the request of the hotel's co-owners Antonio and Carla Sersale to honor the vision of Antonio's late father – is a joyful reinterpretation of the pool's distinctive views of the sea and mountains. Previous commissions have involved international artists such as Martin Creed, Stanley Whitney, Rita Ackermann, Alex Israel, Matt Connors and Caragh Thuring.

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

After a week of enjoying the atmosphere of the hotel, Party returned to his New York studio to begin the creative process. The figurative artist deviated from his original idea of ‚Äč‚Äčreferencing still life paintings from antiquity and instead imagined an abstract motif in blue and green reflecting the connection between clouds and water. At the deepest point of the pool, he placed a gold mosaic disc meant to represent the sun. It invited bathers to jump into the pool and feel “as if they were diving into the sky.”

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

Ultimately, Party hopes his art at Le Sirenuse will be seen as both “metaphorical and symbolic,” allowing bathers to interpret the floating forms they encounter while swimming. “Everything,” he stresses, “is connected. We just live in the middle of it: the clouds create the water, which creates the waves through rain, and then the color of the water is the color of the reflected sky.”

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

After creating a final sketch for the pool using his preferred medium, pastel, Party was faced with the challenge of translating his vision into mosaics. He turned to Bisazza, Italy's leading glass mosaic company, to reproduce his design on hundreds of sequentially numbered square panels, each 15 tiles long and 15 tiles wide. These mosaic panels were then shipped to Positano, where the Italian expert completed the work in January 2024. Mosaic artist The Fabrizi brothers, Luciano and Marcello, carefully began the laying.

the Siren Nicolas Party

(Image credit: Courtesy of Le Sirenuse)

Le Sirenuse is located in Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, Positano, sirenuse.it