The Water Parks

Isha Gahlot

Monumentality and momentary are two words that describe water parks for me. Monumentality, because of the scale of these gigantic structures and momentary, because of the limited time of joy and feeling of being entitled. Seeking escape from the mundane the middle class yearns for celebration and leisure of fantasy land. These huge candy colored structures, filled with chlorine water and loud music provide that break from their reality. These man-made landscapes and slides provide momentary escape. These spaces allow one to feel privileged and experience leisure of being around water. But the irony lies in 4 feet big smiling animal forms with chipped paint and feet covered with carbonated salts. Being here is like indulging in a street side magician’s trick of getting out of reality for some time.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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