Carl Cheng’s public artworks often combine technology with natural elements such as sand, water, and illumination. Cheng notes that his sculptural installations and public art projects “result from an attitude that says, ‘We, humans, are not adversaries of nature but are a part of nature.’” He has exhibited throughout the United States, China, England, and Japan. He received a Los Angeles Business Council Beautification Award for his Metro Green Line Marine/Redondo Station project and the 1990 J. Paul Getty Visual Arts Fellowship. Cheng is a well-respected advocate for public art. On July 31, 2000, he published an editorial in the Los Angeles Times entitled “Public Art: More Than a Pretty Distraction” in which he described the challenges and overwhelming rewards of public art. Carl Cheng received his MA from the University of California, Los Angeles.