Porous Prism - Immersive Art Installation, El Paso, TX - Ioana Urma
Porous Prism immersive art installation in Cleveland Sq Park, El Paso, TX

POROUS PRISM

This immersive art installation was conceived specifically for El Paso, TX, a city on the US-Mexico border, directly adjoined to, yet totally split from, Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez.
The contextual project transforms the concept of the border between the US and Mexico, represented by the linear chain link fence, into a zone of habitation and play. It takes the generic, industrial, ugly chain link fence we are accustomed to seeing as a barrier, and invites us to enter inside of it.
Wrapped up in the colors of the flowers of the desert - yellow, orange, purple, and magenta - the boldest representations of life and beauty in El Paso’s landscape, the installation turns chain link fence into a celebration.

Art installation

Cleveland Sq Park, El Paso, TX

For

The City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department

Media

“California Artist Brings Beauty to Symbol of Border at Chalk the Block 2014”, María Cortés González, El Paso Times, 10/2014

MATERIALS + DIMENSIONS

Fabric & chain link fence
50′ x 90′ x 8′ tall

MORE IMAGES

children running in art installation
This immersive art installation was conceived specifically for El Paso, TX, a city on the US-Mexico border, directly adjoined to, yet totally split from, Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez.
maze-like art installation
girl walking around art installation
The contextual project transforms the concept of the border between the US and Mexico, represented by the linear chain link fence, into a zone of habitation and play. It takes the generic, industrial, ugly chain link fence we are accustomed to seeing as a barrier, and invites us to enter inside of it.
yellow, orange, and purple fabric panels
little girl looking through fence
parents waiting/looking for children in art installation
Children, being much shorter, could see through the fence and were encouraged to run.
Wrapped up in the colors of the flowers of the desert - yellow, orange, purple, and magenta - the boldest representations of life and beauty in El Paso’s landscape, the installation turns chain link fence into a celebration.
girl walking inside art installation
maze-like art installation
Adults, on the other hand, meandered through slowly, observing the beautiful forms created by the fabric interacting with the wind, varying from the strong texture of the chain link fence to living, chaotic, voluminous sculptures.
Children, being much shorter, could see through the fence and were encouraged to run. Adults, on the other hand, meandered through slowly, observing the beautiful forms created by the fabric interacting with the wind, varying from the strong texture of the chain link fence to living, chaotic, voluminous sculptures.
purple, pink, and orange fabric panels
guys running through art installation
older lady walking through art installation
woman and man with sunglasses on walking in front of purple fabric panel
At night the colors changed to oranges, reds, and blues, highlighting the saturated panel colors and mimicking the blueish light of the moonlit desert.
At night the colors changed to oranges, reds, and blues, highlighting the saturated panel colors and mimicking the blueish light of the moonlit desert.
maze-like art installation
people exploring art installation at night
people exploring art installation at night

Work/Credits

Design & Coordination: Ioana Urma. Engineering Check: Radu Urma. Fabrication: United Site Services (fence), Miguel Zacarias/New York Tailor Shop (sewing), Ioana Urma (grommets), Alberto Bordier/HB Pro Sound (lighting), & Doug Jackson (testing help). Site-Install: Ioana Urma, Juan Amendola, Larry Subia, Fernando Madrid, & United Site Services. Photos: Ioana Urma, except aerials #2-4 by Brian Wancho for the City of El Paso.