Who is pulling the strings on Bedford’s violin pool?
The town’s newest Stradivarius is just waiting to be played. But it will take three entire days to fill this violin-shaped pool, which is made up of 440,000 individual, hand-laid glass tiles, before anyone can dive in. The pool has some amazing bells & whistles, including fiber optic violin “strings” which can light up individually or together and can be synchronized to music. Where a chin rest would be on an actual violin? That’s a spa! Here’s a better picture of this pool:
The owner of the pool has two Stradivarius violins of his own, along with a rare cello, and has played at Carnegie Hall, says Chris Cipriano, of Cipriano Landscape Design in Mahwah, NJ., who designed and built the pool. It will take 55,000 gallons of water to fill it, says Cipriano and it will be ready for the weekend. P.S. There is an ingenious water circulation feature in the pool which creates a sort of current effect, strong enough to kayak in, which is great, considering the owner is also an avid kayaker.
Who is the owner? It’s not Rob Thomas, or Andrew Previn or Paul Shaffer, although all are musicians and all live in the area.
Jay Dweck, an amateur violinist, MIT-trained engineer and former finance executive who worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, is the mastermind behind the violin pool.
“I got the idea for the pool in a funny way,” he said. “I have been playing the violin since I was eight and still am an amateur violinist. I also like lap swimming and I wanted a pool that was at least 80-90 feet, but Bedford has these restrictions about impervious structures and the pool was considered an impervious structure.”
So, the engineer with a passion for the arts fiddled with numbers and designs: With 1,300 square feet of backyard to work with, he said he doodled shapes that would incorporate a swim lane for him and a larger area for his family to enjoy. Not surprisingly, the shape of a violin soon emerged.
Included in the pool’s design are the F holes, the strings, the base and a chin rest that is actually a spa. “It is a perimeter overflow hot tub; the water falls off the sides and on the patio,” says Cipriano. “The water actually falls through the patio; there are channels for it.”
The “strings” of the violin are embedded with 6,800 fiber optic strands; each string can be indvidually controlled and synchronized to light up to a piece of music; there are eight underwater speakers.
Although it’s taken almost a year of non-stop construction and three days to fill it with water, Dweck says he can’t wait to dive in. “There’s a lot of programming involved; there are 10 different colors in the fiber optics so as you swim, the lights change color and there is music playing,” he said. “Some of my friends thought it might end up being over the top, but it’s very cool.”