Inside/Out - CODAworx


Client: New Mexico Arts

Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

New Mexico Arts

New Mexico Arts

Industry Resource

Insight Lighting

Insight Lighting


University of New Mexico / ABQ

University of New Mexico / ABQ


Ivan Toth Depena


This project is inspired by the idea that architecture can be a living, breathing organism that can come alive by the activity of the building’s end users. The energy created in the building is projected outward into the environment and conversely, the surrounding environment’s energy brought inward.


This project has 3 modes: Sunset, Night and Event/Active.

Sunset: The lighting is programmed to respond to the environmental/color conditions at sunset, which is different every day. The intention is for Inside/Out to have a direct dialogue with the landscape and to initiate a conversation between the natural and the artificial.

Night: When in this mode, the light patterns are designed to change infinitely in varying cycles. The goal is to never have a repeated pattern during the life of the project.

Event/Active: During the Lobo basketball games and special events, the noise level in the Arena activate the lights on the exterior of the circulation tower. The crowd noise is captured and directly programmed in real time via the dynamic movement of the LED lights that are connected to microphone sensors located above the bleachers.