The Tournesol swimming pool was built within the framework of the “one thousand swimming pools” operation initiated by the State Secretariat for Sport and Youth, following the mediocre results of the French swimmers in the 1968 Summer Olympics. Between 1972 and 1984, 180 swimming pools designed by the architect Bernard Schoeller were built in France. Representative of the industrialized architecture, this swimming pool is located in the Trinquetaille district. It is a striking feature of the Arlesian landscape owing to its strangeness and its flying saucer shape.
Leslie Moquin was born in 1986. She studied international relations at La Sorbonne, then joined the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, from which she graduated in 2013. In her work, based on an aesthetic and a documentary approach, she explores the social and geopolitical contexts of the places she studies.