Ivan Toth Depeña: Air/Traffic/Control
BNA Terminal Garage
In December 2018, “Air/Traffic/Control,” designed by Ivan
Toth Depeña, was installed in each of the six elevator lobbies at the Nashville
International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center and Terminal Parking
Garage in Nashville, Tenn.
The project was inspired by the complexity and
mechanisms of the traveler’s journey. Taking inspiration from flight
patterns, data, cartography, movement and sound wave forms, Depeña created an
original artwork using light and glass to transform the typical column into a dynamic,
responsive and interactive experience for the airport traveler. Each level is
tied together visibly using a vibrant and intricately abstracted art work that
is laminated within the colored glass. The compositions are generated
specifically from flight paths and translated sound waves.
The project utilizes the general flow of the commuters and
the movement within the elevator lobbies to activate the art. LED components produce a visual response and act as a cognitive representation
of the movement and circulation. The physical form of the column appears to
transform the color and energy of the motion as the viewer walks and interacts
with the piece, creating an ever-evolving public art installation.
There are several added layers of media that compose the
entire installation including sound and augmented reality. Depeña explored the
use of sensors at the site, as a direct input, to affect the lighting and
trigger sound compositions. The audio was composed by local musicians “Tape
Deck Mountain” who collaborated directly with the artist. Each floor’s sonic
composition is mixed live and at random and is intended to be different on each
floor. Finally, a custom app is being developed to overlay a layer of Augmented
Reality to the project. The content that is visible only using a mobile app,
consists of flight data, musician themed video and abstracted visuals.
Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist who is currently living and working in
Charlotte, N.C. With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s
Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s artistic production is informed by his
experience in art, architecture, technology and design.