Two new public murals commissioned by MetroTransit and created by artist Amy Cheng now welcome passengers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as they arrive and depart from the Terminal 1 MetroLink Station.
Says Cheng of the mural [entitled], Nucleic Life Formation suggests a striated nightscape crossed by a constellation that loosely mimics a DNA double helix; a universal connection between us and the cosmos. It is my hope that viewers find the murals visually delightful. They were designed with a sense of play and a feeling of lightness.”
Two St. Louis installers, Kevin Carraway and Chris Rushing, set thousands of waterjet-cut tiles for the project. The murals, one of which is 22-ft long, are located alongside and at the top of the escalator that carries passengers to and from the Terminal 1 MetroLink platform in Terminal 1.
The project was made possible by $50,000 in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Cheng who lives in New York State has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally and her work is held in a number of corporate and public collections. She has completed a number of public art commissions including a mosaic column at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a painted ceramic mural at the Howard St. El Station in Chicago, IL, seven faceted glass windscreens at the Cleveland Street Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York, and four laminated glass windscreens for the 25th Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, NY. She was been awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowships, and an Arts International travel grant to China. She is a professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.