Opaline Skies and Submerged light works - CODAworx

Opaline Skies and Submerged light works

Client: Sherry Hayslip Interiors

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $30,000

Project Team


Carmen Menza

Menza Art Studio

custom wood frame, installation

Bill Coner

B & R Professional Painting


I have always been drawn to the concepts of time, light and space in my work. Sherry Hayslip Interiors of Dallas, TX asked me to create a custom skylight installation and a series of light works for her stunning room titled UTOPIA for Kips Bay Show House. Harnessing the sun I brought a utopian rainbow of colors to the space. The room is a living, breathing organism as it pulses with light throughout the day while the sun traverses the sky. My Submerged series of light works are installed on opposite wall. They are created with acrylics and highly reflective materials and change as you move across them.


Client wished to activate space through a bespoke art installation utilizing skylight. She has three requests. One, do not cover up window. She still wanted to be able to see out of it to observe sky. Two, she wanted a rainbow of colors to be activated in the room, cast on the white walls and ceiling. Three, she wanted the installation to be activated at night also. She referenced monumental artists such as Peter Erskine and James Turrell as inspiration. The successful realization of work produced by Menza Art Studios in room was crucial to the designer's vision for this room.


Worked with client in determining goals of project and then went to work in both my studio and on location for the next month testing materials to see what would activate space and meet all goals at various times of the day. Worked with lighting company to determine best lights for activation at night. Worked with installation company to create custom wood frame and install all elements.