Nova - CODAworx


Submitted by Christopher Schardt

Client: Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution

Location: Washington, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Shannon Riley

Building 180

Public Art Agent

Meredith Winner

Building 180


Erin McAnallen


Christopher Schardt


Nova is an LED sculpture with 21,600 multi-colored LEDs. It displays montages of photographs, videos, and generative patterns while classical music surrounds the visitors, who are invited to lay down and relax a while.


I installed Nova as part of the "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.


I created the software and the physical design. Most of the pieces are laser cut directly from the design, but a lot of assembly is required. I have a lot of good friends who help with this.