Bethesda Fountain Arcade, Central Park, New York

In 1991, we completed twenty-four murals for the Bethesda Fountain Arcade in New York’s Central Park. All panels are Botticino marble, and were painted in trompe l’œil to look like marble inlays and bas-reliefs. The design was inspired by the original ornaments on the outside staircase panels and by the sketches of the architect Calvert Vaux, which were completed at the time the Arcade was built.

This public project was commissioned by the Central Park Conservancy and the Art Commission of the City of New York. The project was sponsored by Revlon, Princess Borghese, and the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy.

Decorative panels

Trompe-l`œil painted Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall statues

 
Detail of Summer statue

Detail of Summer statue

Detail of Spring statue

Detail of Spring statue

 
 
Detail of latticework and ornament

Detail of latticework and ornament

 
 
Detail of faux marble painted on Botticino

Detail of faux marble painted on Botticino

Detail of original limestone ornaments

Detail of original limestone ornaments

 
 

Rendering and murals inspired by Pre-Columbian art, Chile

Mural representing the desert

Mural representing the desert

Mural representing the sea

Mural representing the sea

 
Detail of bean's creature

Detail of bean's creature

 
 

Exterior of mural in Palm Beach, Florida