Cornelius Park & Ride
Ivan Toth Depeña, Charlotte, NC, Artist
Redline Design Group, Architect
Collaboration, laminated art glass
Artist Ivan Toth Depeña collaborated with the Project Architect, Redline Design Group, on the award-winning driver’s comfort station at the Cornelius Park & Ride. They employed a modern building shape that incorporates a cantilevered awning with colorful art glass to provide shelter for bus riders.
Surface is Depeña’s art integrated into the awning, inspired by Lake Norman. Depeña used underwater topographic data from the nearby lake to recreate the abstracted experience of looking up through the surface of the lake. The artist builds on this emotional experience through use of cascading light and refracting color on the structure and below. Light and color dynamically respond to the site and the tilted canopy by changing throughout the year with the movement of the sun. Blues and greens echo the colors of the lake while shades of orange in the design connect back to the Carolina clay beneath the surface.
With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Ivan Depeña’s production as an artist is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design. Depeña has completed public art projects for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, Denver RTD, and University of New Mexico. Depeña has received numerous grants and awards including the Public Art Network's Year in Review, a Knight Arts Challenge and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Depeña was also previously an artist in residence at the McColl Center of Art + Innovation.