Need a 12-Foot Diameter Beachball? Here’s How To Buy A Piece of “On The Road”

Friday, March 7, 2014
David Freeland's super sized beach ball (Jaime Kowal)

David Freeland’s super sized beach ball (Jaime Kowal)

For those of you who missed On The Road 4, the fourth iteration of the successful art/architecture series that invaded Palm Springs last weekend, you can now buy a piece of it on Craigslist. As part of the event, which took place at the newly-opened Amado, architect David Freeland produced a gigantic beach ball, made of interlocked styrafoam pool noodles, measuring 12 feet in diameter. He called the scaled up creation “a literal take on fun.”

Now the giant art piece can be purchased for $500, or the best offer. (This isn’t the first time the architect has sent his creations to market, either.) Freeland says one party has made an offer, and that the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA is considering  it.

Other installations, curated by Freeland and by Maura Lucking, were designed by Matthew Sullivan, Kathryn Shehan, Fokert Gorter, Terry Chatkupt, Mark Lyons, and Peter Vikar. An “Open Pool” installation featured many more, often taking advantage of the casual, and floatable environment. The OTR team also created a giant ice sculpture (a riff on Alan Kaprow sculptures from the midcentury), which melted quickly and fell into the pool, temporarily taking out the beach ball as well. The next, and last, On The Road will take place late this spring.

(Jaime Kowal)

Fluid Mashup. (Jaime Kowal, courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth)

Floating shapes by Matthew Sullivan (Jaime Kowal)

Floating shapes by Matthew Sullivan (Jaime Kowal)

(Jaime Kowal)

Upside down houses by Berenika Boberska. (Jaime Kowal)

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