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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Cornelius Park and Ride Artwork Nationally Recognized

CATS Park and Ride

On June 15, area artist, Ivan Toth Depena’s Surface, a public artwork integrated into the Cornelius Park and Ride facility, was recognized for excellence at the American for the Arts’ National Convention held in Denver.

CATS Art-in-Transit commissioned Ivan Toth Depeña to collaborate with project architects Redline Design Group to incorporate art into the cantilevered glass awning of the facility’s building. Depena’s art, Surface, pays homage to one of the region’s revered geographic attractions, Lake Norman.  The artist used underwater topographic data from the 112 foot deep basin to recreate the abstracted experience of looking up through the surface of the water. Cascading 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. This harmonious blend of art, architecture & native vernacular provides riders shelter while connecting them to their environment.

Chosen by public art experts, the Cornelius Park and Ride project is one of 49 outstanding public art projects from several hundred submissions. The Public Art Network’s Year in Review award is the only national program that specifically recognizes the country’s most compelling public art. In the words of Americans for the Arts’ CEO Robert Lynch, “As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can.  I congratulate the artist and commissioning groups for these community treasures.”
To learn more about the Cornelius Park and Ride facility or CATS Art-in-Transit program, visit

Photos by JoAnn Sieburg-Baker

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