Beyond the Biosphere consists of two printed vinyl canopies measuring 17.5 x 105 feet covering the incoming and outgoing platforms of the Slauson Bus Station in Los Angeles, CA.
Although they didn't say this, because the awnings were lined with clear glass, I suspect they wanted to line them with vinyl to serve as a sun shield. The canopy designs take full advantage of visual illusion by providing the passengers, as they glance up, a playful sense of being under floating and hovering heavenly spheres.
The entire project was managed by Ms. Pat Gomez of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. I had been scheduled for an in person presentation of my proposal but fog prevented my flight from taking off. Fortunately for me I had taken the precaution of shipping the project presentation boards to L.A. ahead of time. I made my presentation to the jury over the phone.
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