Beyond the Biosphere

Submitted by Amy Cheng


Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $9,000

Project Team


Amy Cheng

Amy Cheng Studio

Public Art Agent

Pat Gomez

LA County Metropolitan Transportation


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.