Ink | Acrylic | Watercolor paper
26 x 40 inches, archival ink and acrylic paint on watercolor paper
30 Miles north of Mexico City lies the legendary city of Teotihuacan, a World Heritage site. Believed to be founded between 200 and 100 BC it covered 8 square miles with a population of 100,000 inhabitants living in more than 2000 apartment compounds. It was inhabited form 100 BC-700 AD. It was a thriving metropolis for over 600 years. The Aztecs rediscovered the site in the 14th century. Teotihuacan is the native Nahuatl word for Place of the Gods.
The central avenue is 3 miles long and is aligned with the mountain Cherro Gordo, the source of local water supply. Along this avenue are located the pyramid of the sun, the moon and the citadel. Compounds and plazas spring from this central avenue like branches.
In this painting I have drawn the plan of the visible structures of Teotihuacan. Underneath the soil many more structures are waiting to be excavated and discovered. Underneath the plan I have drawn part of a mural painting showing the branches of the tree of life bearing fruits. Underneath the mural painting I have drawn a sculpture that was found close to the pyramid of the sun, in the house of the priests. This sculpture, or rather what's left of it, is now in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and so is a replica of the mural.