Houston artists and art collectives have transformed eight PODS (Portable on Demand Storage) units as part of the American Association of Museums 2011 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Exhibiting at Discovery Green through June 5, the Portable on Demand Arts (PODA) project will subsequently travel to a series of locations in the Houston metropolitan area.
PODA grew out of the AAM conference's intention to engage the public, an initiative spearheaded by the late Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Peter Marzio.
Architects Joe Meppelink and Andrew Vrana of METALAB designed their entry alongside students in their University of Houston School of Architecture course, "Digital Fabrication." Conceived with a computational algorithm to determine the perforated pattern, the exterior spells, "PLAY." The child-size furniture is made of expanded polystyrene foam that has been hot-wire cut and sprayed with truck bed liner.