Student Life

Back to Blog November 22, 2013

Canal Convergence Features Work From Joy Holland (BFA Sculpture '06)

Author: Kayla Cropper
Visitors sit on Holland's Spring/Autumn Pavilion: Desert Series

Joy Holland (BFA '06) studied Sculpture, Art History, and Italian when she was a student at Tyler. Now, her work in public art is being recognized everywhere from Pero, Milan to Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I've worked really hard to develop projects--to some degree of success--in which my audience is connected to me personally through collaborative relationships that develop over time," Holland said. "In many public art works that is not the case."

Her Spring/Autumn Pavilion: Desert Series is currently installed at the Fall 2013 Canal Convergence is Scottsdale. It will also be present at the Spring 2014 Canal Convergence event.

"It is important to me that the Spring/Autumn Pavilion: Desert Series can be used and enjoyed by local city residents for outdoor public events for years to come, so it certainly is great that it will be at both the Fall and Spring events.

Her piece was commissioned by Scottsdale Cultural Council and Scottsdale Public Art.

"Scottsdale Public Art was familiar with my Spring Pavilion (Lounge) series from the previous year," Holland said. "I developed Spring Pavilion (Lounge) as a flexible, modular structure that can be assembled in any number of ways to create a vivid, unique public space that facilitates human interaction and participation."

When Scottsdale Public Art commissioned Holland to create a piece for Canal Convergence, she had the same goals in mind.

"To create an improvised, flexible space for human interaction, to be used and enjoyed by local city residents for outdoor public events for years to come," Holland said.

Holland's piece is installed at the Solari Bridge and Plaza. Audience members are encouraged to change and use the design to suit their needs.

"Generally, audiences need encouragement to physically interact with an artwork in public space, because most artwork is intended for viewing only, and cannot be touched," Holland said. "This project is not artwork as much as it is furniture."

Holland hopes that audience members will feel free to interact with the piece and sit, climb, eat, and drink on the work.

"The design, appearance and color are what really encourage this. It is very important that people can feel free in public space so that they can act upon that freedom," Holland said.

Holland says she is very grateful for the education, skills, and experiences that she received from Tyler.

"I never took my youth, my health or my education for granted. I made plenty of mistakes in the beginning, but gradually figured out how to take those precious years I had at Tyler and really change my life," Holland said.

She says that the year she spent studying in Rome, as a part of Temple University's Study Abroad Program, radically changed her life and her work.

"I loved working, studying and, frankly, living at Tyler, and I knew how fortunate I was to be there," Holland said. "Through Tyler School of Art and Temple University, with a core curriculum which many art students lack, I found an intellectual, creative and professional world which I had never known to exist."