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Mappers spot all the pools in L.A. Basin

by Bill Hayes

In Mappers spot all the pools in L.A. Basin, the Los Angeles Times reports on how two men managed to count all the pools in Los Angeles.

As a spinoff from their project, the duo created a 22-minute video, “The L.A. Swimmer,” a jarring, voyeuristic swoosh of a ride across Los Angeles showing quick glimpses of backyard pools.

It was assembled using Google Street View images and a “hyperlapse” program that let them map alleys behind houses with pools. Because the Street View cameras are mounted on the top of cars, they can peer over alley fences to photograph the backyard pools.

Gross said they were inspired by “The Swimmer,” a dark 1968 film that explores the reaction as a troubled man — played by Burt Lancaster — decides to “swim home” using the backyard pools of his former friends and lovers. [more]

Below is a The L.A. Swimmer.

The LA Swimmer — 43123 Pools I Have Not Visited and Never Will from Benedikt Groß on Vimeo.