Animorph
2024
Public Art. Sculpture. Video Wall.

installation View Abstract art celebrates animal welfare. Animorph, located the Santa Clara County Animal Services Center, is a public art installation featuring five large metal sculptures and a dynamic video display at the entrance. Abstracted, colorful portraits of animals, created using digital pixelation to avoid direct representation, showcases the shelter’s focus on animal welfare. Goat […]

Photon/s
2023
Public Art. Sculpture. Video Facade.

Looking upward Inspired by the essence of light and energy. Located in downtown Charlotte, this public art sculpture by Ivan Toth Depeña pays tribute to the very essence of light and energy: the photon. Situated in the urban plaza of the new Duke Energy Tower, the monumental, permanent installation, “Photon/s”, is set to become an […]

Breaking Barriers
2023
Public Art. Sculpture.

View through Sculpture Monument in memoriam of Jack Trice, reflecting on strength and absence. “Breaking Barriers” is a monumental sculpture commemorating Jack Trice, Iowa State University’s first African-American athlete. Trice died from injuries he received during his first game with the ISU Cyclones in October of 1923. Commissioned by ISU, the sculpture contemplates the idea […]

Aurum
2022
Public Art. Sculpture. Architectural intervention.

Night view Sheltering and immersive play of light and shadow inspired by the by the geometric facets of the gold nuggets discovered in the area. Designed as a continuation of Charlotte’s Rail Trail initiative – a linear pedestrian conduit that runs parallel to the Blue Line Light Rail. This pedestrian and cyclist bridge forms a […]

Dreamcaster
2023
Sculpture. Interactive. Water Feature. In honor of MLK Jr.

Fountain Detail In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s ” I Have a Dream” speech, visitors have their “DREAM” sent into the ether via the sculpture’s abstracted hilltop.​ Inspired by the words of the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Depeña created a meditative, sculptural experience by utilizing the idea of […]

Air/Traffic/Control
2018
Public Art. Column. Glass. Sound. Dynamic.

Glass Detail Inspired by traveler’s journey, this project includes wayfinding, dynamic lighting activity tied to airplane traffic at the airport, and custom audio. “Air/Traffic/Control” is an installation in the 6 elevator lobbies at the Nashville International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center and Terminal Parking Garage. The project was inspired by the complexity and mechanisms of […]

Inside/Out
2017
Public Art. Sculpture. Responsive Lighting

View in Sunset mode Architecture as a living organism, coming alive in three modes – Sunset, Night, and Event (noise in arena activates lighting). This project is inspired by the idea that architecture can be a living, breathing organism that can come alive by the activity of the building’s end users. The energy created in a building […]

Surface
2017
Public Art. Glass. Light. Architectural Intervention.

Upwards View Through Glass Topographic data from Lake Norman used to recreate the emotional experience of looking up through the surface of water. “Surface” redefines the commuter experience at the Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) Cornelius Park and Ride. Celebrated by Mayor Chuck Travis as the “coolest park and ride in CATS,” this permanent public […]

Arc
2016
Public Art. Sculpture. Lighting controlled by wind.

Overall View Shaped by storm data, Arc visually conveys real-time wind conditions with color and movement. Commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and the City of Aventura, ‘Arc’ reimagines the destructive force of Hurricane Wilma as a source of renewal and inspiration. The project originated from a desire to transform the aftermath of the […]