Reflecting Totem Tree City - CODAworx

Reflecting Totem Tree City

Submitted by Christine Nguyen

Client: Metro Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $7,000

Project Team


Christine Nguyen

Art Consultant

Pat Gomez

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Industry Resource

Chelsea Virgin

Flashpoint Graphix


The project was to create a design that will go on to vinyl and then went on existing glass canopy structures. There are two canopies at the Silver Line, Manchester station in Los Angeles. Each canopy is 17′ x 6″ x 105′. The budget mentioned is only the design fee, not fabrication. For this designed, I incorporated my photobased process where I draw and paint on layers of mylar. It then goes through a photographic process which is translated into digital files that can be translated into various substrates, in this case vinyl.


My concept for the design is to have traveling beings in this imaginary underwater world. One canopy represents the color of light in the day and the other by dusk. The passengers will experience the changes as they commute to and fro. I wanted to create something that was meditative and also referenced the flora and fauna of Los Angeles.


I worked with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the fabrication company FlashPoint Graphix in Burbank, California to complete this project for the design portion of the project. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority handled the installation and fabrication process with Flashpoint Graphix for this project.