Current Projects

​​​Elizabeth Stops​​

​Artist, Amy Cheng


Worlds Within Worlds presents a series of layered abstract images cradling a mystery at the center - an opening into another world. The windscreens use bending perspective lines to play with the visual sense of space. Underlying each windscreen is a lace-like pattern that often appears etched in the glass side panels. The designs contrast with those of the adjoining stations, that display historical information about Charlotte and offer facts and images that can be taken in by the mind. The Elizabeth stations will enter peoples' consciousness differently; they offer images to be taken in by the senses, the imagination, and the spirit. 

               

Concrete stamps



​The Elizabeth neighborhood is close to downtown Charlotte but it exists in an entirely different world. Although it has small businesses, it is mainly a neighborhood of home life separated from the world of work and commerce. It is quieter, stiller, and smaller in scale. The Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, and other beautiful neighborhood architecture served as a major inspiration and is referenced in the designs. Additionally, roses in the windscreens and platform stamps reference the historical significance of a lost neighborhood rose garden and Independence Park as a place to contemplate, connect to, and appreciate the beauty and magic of nature. ​



Ceiling design                 

Additional ornamental elements will be negative and positive concrete rose stamps filling the rounded areas at the ends of the station paths, and station platforms stamped with a curvilinear flower-like pattern. The City LYNX Gold Line Streetcar vehicles will also be made unique with custom artist designed vinyl seating fabric and ceiling panels.


Artist Bio

Amy Cheng was born in Taiwan, raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She 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 for multiple airports, the CTA and MTA. She received a P.S. 122 Painting Center Fellowship in New York City for a ten month residency in 2011-12, and a Senior Lecture/Research Fulbright fellowship to Brazil in 2008. She has been awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowships, and an Arts International travel grant to China. Cheng is currently a Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.