The Urban Conga invites spectators at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa, FL to participate in an Interactive Urban Installation for the PODS Competition held at the festival this past weekend.
The question of “What is art?” or “What is Architecture?” always seems to stand on a blurred line, but The Urban Conga works less towards defining the “genre” of design and focuses more on the user experience within their creations.
This PODS Container (seen above) was designed into an all white living room setting. The intention was to give people an opportunity to break from their normal routine and be expressive through the act of "play". As people began drawing all over the container, it took on a life and character of its own. The project then became a digital sensation as each new “artist” would post their “masterpiece” on social media sites, tagging #play #interactive #tacticalurbanism #pods #theurbanconga etc.
By the end of the Art Festival, the final product was an accumulation of thousands of people communicating through the act of PLAY. Memories were created, pre-conceived notions were changed, and most of all, people came together in the physical world to make something beautiful together.