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Published by Sugar & Cream, Wednesday 24 April 2024

Images courtesy of Depeña Studio

Fusion of art, science and technology

With his trademark signature of seamlessly fusing together art, science, and technology – artist Ivan Toth Depeña (Depeña Studio) is excited to launch Photon/s, a concept-driven public art installation in the heart of downtown Charlotte, NC. Commissioned by Duke Energy, the Charlotte-based energy holding company, Photon/s is located at their new headquarters and symbolizes their contributions to the city and its electric cultural scene.


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Inspired by the microscopic elementary particle it’s named after, Depeña created Photon/s to encapsulate the dynamism and ethereal beauty of light particles through its groundbreaking sculptural form and pays homage to the essence of light and energy. A two-part installation featuring two massive sculptures and a four-story illuminated facade panel, each sculpture reaches towards the sky with intricate armatures radiating outward in a breathtaking 30-feet diameter display. Atop these armatures are mesmerizing light points crafted from blinking state-of-the-art LED endpoints, which are encapsulated in solid, frosted acrylic extrusions, capturing and mimicking the dance of fast-moving photons in perpetual motion, while the facade features an inverse shadow of the free-standing sculptures connecting them together against the Duke Energy headquarter building.

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