Fauxcilitator - CODAworx



Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team


Pae White

Pae White Studio


Oregon Arts Commission


Collaborative Life Science Building, Portland State University | Located in Robertson Life Sciences Building atrium

Dimensions: 6000 linear feet | 6,000 feet of LEDs and driver

Fauxcilitator incorporates not only the architectural elements of the Life Sciences Building atrium, but also Portland’s rainy climate and the prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) among college students. The LED tubes represent a spectrum of light temperatures, reflecting changes in daylight.

This work was acquired through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission.


Portland receives on average only 68 days of sunshine a year and 53% of college students experience some form of depression this artwork takes that on as part of it’s site specificity by creating an immense SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) mural as a ceiling frieze in a communal setting.