PODA: PARK ON DEMAND SPACE (...GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE)
Houston Arts Alliance
This is the second in a series of posts highlighting the Portable On Demand Art (PODA) project and the artists who created temporary art works through this civic art endeavor. The Portable On Demand Art (PODA) project is a temporary public art installation series featuring the transformation of PODS® Containers into works of art. Learn more about the first installment of PODA, which debuted in 2011, by clicking here.
Artist Troy Stanley excels at pushing viewers of his work beyond their comfort zones, experiencing ordinary objects in new ways. It’s this experience that, as he describes it, “explores the relationships in and around what is perceived as life and what is perceived as objects” that’s central to his PODA work, Park on Demand Space (…greener on the other side).
“I wanted to create a project that at once completely disappears, but at the same time over fills the void left in its absence. Something in between the urban landscape and a vast field. Something bigger than the sum of its parts” explains Stanley.
One step inside Stanley’s PODS® Container and you immediately understand these sentiments. What appears unassuming upon first glance becomes a contemplative, immersive experience. Bright green synthetic lawn turf creates a verdant manicured oasis that invites viewers to indulge in a picnic, or simply take pause. The wall opposing the door creates an infinity mirror effect, using two-way mirrors and lights, reflecting the natural environment. What results in an outdoors-in experience. Each new placement of the PODS® Container is envisioned to create a new experience for the viewer, reflective of the environment in which the POD is placed.
Experience Stanley’s Park on Demand Space (…greener on the other side) for yourself, on view through May 28 at locations across Greater Houston. To learn more about PODA 2.0, including the dates and locations of each work, click here.