The Molitor Pool, once a magnificent Art Deco-style leisure complex nicknamed the «Paquebot Blanc» ''the white ocean liner'', was decorated top to bottom with graffiti after it closed in 1989, and was demolished this year for redevelopment. The place was part of Dimitri Tolstoy’s childhood. «A year and a half ago I was invited to a party at the «Paquebot Blanc», a work of art from the Art Deco period in the 1930s, and I rediscovered the magic place where I would come to skate in winter,» he said. «So I asked for permission. I was given one day. It was pure happiness. I was to be the last person to photograph it. Dimitri Tolstoy’s eagle eye seeks out and reveals what no-one else sees in quite the way he does, and preserves it for posterity. His photographs dive into the various pools, play with perspectives from the footbridges, zoom in on the graffiti and shoot the hidden corners in the changing cabins.
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