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Art installation bathing pond opens in King's Cross

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Image caption Visitors are encouraged to enter the water and participate in the piece of experiential art

Swimmers are being invited to take a dip in an art installation pond in central London.

Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club is an art project designed by Ooze Architects and artist Marjetica PotrĨ.

The 40m (131ft) chemical-free pond uses plants to clean the water and is due to remain open for up to two years.

Artist Marjetica PotrĨ said: "We have to re-think how we live with the city and with nature."

She added: "Here, we are collaborating with nature and the artwork encourages the viewer to participate in that experience."

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Image caption The pond is due to be in place for up to two years
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Image caption The pond is within a working construction site in London's King's Cross

The swimming pond will be purified through a natural process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean water.

It is within a working construction site area of London's King's Cross and plants, wild flowers and bushes surrounding the environment will also evolve and change with the seasons, the designers said.

Bathers have to buy tickets for the pond as numbers will be restricted due to its chemical-free nature.

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Image caption There is also a viewing platform providing visitors with an aerial view
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Image caption The pond will be open seven days a week

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