Feb 20, 2017
When Walter and Leonore Annenberg met with architect A. Quincy Jones in 1963 to discuss their vision for an ambitious desert estate they requested that the home reflect what they called a Mayan influence. Together, they achieved that goal. On a trip to Mexico City in 1967, Walter and Leonore Annenberg saw the monumental 40-foot bronze columnar-shaped fountain on the patio of the Museo Nacional de Antropologa. The columns intricately carved relief depicting the history of Mexico from its ancient past to the twentieth century captivated the Annenbergs. They commissioned the artists who made the original, brothers Jos and Toms Chvez Morado, to create a nearly half-scale bronze column of the same design for Sunnylands. Incorporating Mexican narrative art into the Sunnylands aesthetic paralleled a design trend occurring in Mexico during the midcentury: architects incorporated murals and sculpture executed in the Mexican School style into their sleek new building designs.
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