Toby - CODAworx

Client: Tucson Pima Arts Council

Location: Tucson, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2009

Project Team


Joe O'Connell

Creative Machines


Creative Machines

Creative Machines


Griffins originally perched on the corners of the Carnegie Library overlooking Scott Avenue in Tucson. They were removed in the renovation of 1938 but one escaped. You can see his footprints where he jumped to the sidewalk and walked away. This sculpture includes incredibly bright red LEDs at the Griffin’s heart. These light the sculpture at night and cast the sharp outlines of his ribs on the buildings and sidewalks nearby.


The goal of Toby is to create a nighttime/daytime presence. The sculpture's lights and sharp outlines of his ribs illuminate the buildings and sidewalks nearby in order to catch visitor's attention.


Toby was a collaboration between Joe O'Connell and Creative Machines.