Clay Odom engages the Waller Creek site and people through the development of strange yet recognizable forms and materials and through the production of atmospheric effects. The Phantasm is an ephemeral presence and theatrical character that draws attention, promotes curiosity, and provokes engagement.
The project interacts directly with three particular aspects of its site (as both context and concepts) just south of the 6th Street bridge. 1. The Water (linearity, fluidity, and atmosphere) 2. The Wall (structure and verticality) 3. The Pedestrian Bridge (people and place). These direct interactions with the conceptual and physical as ‘natural’ states of the site provide moments for formal strangeness while also grounding the project in its place while temporarily remaking it.
Fundamentally, the project desires to critically engage in the notion of physical and spatial characteristics that are central to the development of Waller Creek’s present and future. Here we understand the site of Waller Creek as a generator of questions regarding nature and landscape, or more precisely, the natural and the artificial. Through its formal and material character, Waller Phantasm both stands-out from the existing conditions while also exhibiting tendencies toward merging and linking with it. The designed object exhibits potential for spatial occupation but is only occupiable through imagination, inviting speculation and wonder.