Palace of the Governors – Uxmal, Mexico

Installation View of MAEP Show featuring Mary Griep: Anastylosis and Jantje Visscher:Drawings in Light

I first visited Uxmal in 1980. The intricate tapestry like carvings of late Mayan buildings inspired me then to create a series of decorative collages. After returning from Southeast Asia in 2004, I was thinking about my next drawing and The Palace of the Governors came to mind again. The fact that a replica of it was built for the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, where it inspired Frank Lloyd Wright to think about the relationship of buildings to land, was further inspiration to me and made this building a wonderful first Western Hemisphere addition to the Anastylosis Project.

Look for the ghostly remnants of Mayan glyphs in the sky and inserted between stair steps.