Photon/s - CODAworx


Client: Duke Energy

Location: Charlotte, NC, United States

Completion date: 2023

Project Team

Artist, Project Lead

Ivan Toth Depena

Depena Studio

Project Management (Client)

Lauren Harkey

Hodges Taylor


Located in Uptown Charlotte’s new Duke Energy Tower, this public art sculpture by Ivan Toth Depeña pays tribute to the very essence of light and energy: the photon. The sculpture captures the dynamism + ethereal beauty of light particles through its groundbreaking sculptural form. Comprised of two towering vertical stems, the sculpture reaches skyward, with intricate armatures radiating outward in a breathtaking 30-foot diameter display. Photon/s boasts a backlit, 6-story perforated metal facade, reflecting back the sculpture’s form through light.


The design of Duke Metro Tower is rooted in the company’s mission: “To power the lives
of our customers and the vitality of our communities” with an emphasis on “working as one”
to achieve this mission. The goal of the plaza project was to sculpturally represent illuminance and light.