Photo Flash: First Look at Ivan Toth Depeña's Public Art Installation, COLOR FIELD
"Color Field," a new, permanent public art installation by artist Ivan Toth Depeña was installed May 17, 2014 at the Federal Center Station in Lakewood, Colorado, the third largest city in the Denver Metro area.
Commissioned by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, Colorado, with assistance from the City of Lakewood, "Color Field" casts ever-changing patterns of color across more than 100 feet of ramps, stairs and walkways, interpreting nature's inherent chaos and representing it as an evolving, kaleidoscopic abstraction. Made of steel, laminated and tempered colored glass and concrete that will be back lit by LEDs at night, each of "Color Fields" 18 "tree-like" structures was created using software that generates form algorithmically. For Depeña, this process insured that each sculpture and glass lens is unique.
The West Rail Line traverses through Denver, Lakewood, Golden and Jefferson County. It is the first completed rail line of the RTD FasTracks Project. The 12.1 miles of light rail runs between Denver Union Station and Jefferson County Government-Golden Station.
The RTD FasTracks Program is a multi-billion dollar comprehensive transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, 21,000 new parking spaces at light rail and bus stations, and enhance bus service for easy, convenient bus/rail connections across the eight-county district.
Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist who lives and works in Charlotte, NC and Miami, FL. With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Depeña's production as an artist is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design. His studio output includes (and often fuses together) painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, public art, installation and incorporates a hands on methodology combined with high tech output and fabrication. Depeña's work exemplifies the harmonic moment when various creative disciplines come together seamlessly.
His recent public art projects and exhibitions include, "Reflect," a permanent light-based installation for the Stephen Clark Government Center Lobby in downtown Miami, "You and What Army" at the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2014, "Aesthetics and Values 2011" at the Frost Museum in Miami, "Miami in Transition" at the Miami Art Museum and various group and solo exhibitions throughout the US.
His current work includes commissions for several other public projects including a large scale outdoor sculpture titled "Arc" at the Northeast Regional Library in Aventura, FL, a building sized light installation titled "Inside/Out" at the University of New Mexico Pit Athletic Facility, an artificial light waterfall titled "Cascade" in the Reitz Union Expansion at the University of Florida Gainesville Campus. Depeña is also as working on private commissions and the preparation for upcoming museum and gallery exhibitions.
Most recently, Depeña has been awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Miami Grant for his proposal for a collaborative series of site specific, augmented reality public art projects throughout South Florida, as well as a finalist for the prestigious Cintas Fellowship 2013.
For more information about the artist please visit: http://www.ivandepena.com
Photo Credit: Ivan Toth Depeña