Schooling - CODAworx


Client: Rhode Island State Counicl of the Arts, % for Art Program

Location: Naragansette, RI, United States

Completion date: 2009

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio

Project Manager

Joshua Howell

Cliff Garten Studio


Composed of abstract forms that reference the hull of an ocean vessel or the body of a fish, Schooling takes inspiration from its orientation in the Graduate School of Oceanography’s main atrium space opposite Narragansett Bay. Comprised of four separate forms, the sculpture’s layered forms repeat and aggregate into a wedge-like massing of more than two hundred individual sculptures evoking the schooling habits of fish.


The goal was to activate the lobby space of the Oceanography Building referencing the behavior of fish and the hull of ocean vessels floating in liquid light that mimics the character of water.