Current Projects

​​Cornelius Park & Ride

In Spring 2015, sixteen artists responded to a call to artists open to Carolina (SC & NC) artists to incorporate art into the Cornelius Park & Ride. The Cornelius Park & Ride will sit at the intersection of Sefton Park Road and Norman Blvd and contain approximately 355 parking spots, and a driver's comfort station impacted by public art.​​​


Charlotte based artist, Ivan Depe​​ña, was selected as the project artist by a panel of art professionals appointed by the Art-in-Transit Advisory Committee. Depeña chose to work collaboratively with the project architect to influence the shape of the comfort station, utilizing a modern design that incorporates a cantilevered awning to function as shelter for riders but also integrated with colored ​​art glass. The layered, undulating art glass will appear to float above waiting riders, referencing the topography and contour sections of nearby Lake Norman and evoking the fluid nature of water. As the sun passes over the awning, colored shadows will cast on the ground below at various angles throughout the day, and at night LED lights will illuminate the art glass from above. The cast colored shadows will visually connect the ground and aerial planes.​

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.