May 1, 2012
Famous Maya Monument To Be Re-Imagined In Sand Outside 30th Street Station In Honor Of The Penn Museum’s Maya.2012 Exhibition
UPDATE: We just received word that the sculpture project has been halted. After the sand arrived, concerns developed because the sculpture was being created on a PennDOT bridge structure.
In honor of the world premiere opening of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, the Penn Museum, in partnership with the University City District, has invited California sand sculpture artists Greg and Brandi Glenn to re-create a famous ancient Maya monument known as Altar Q at the new Porch at 30th Street Station.
The artists began working yesterday to complete the massive sculpture by May 5, as MAYA 2012 opens to the public at the Penn Museum. All are welcome to watch the artists at work.
This 25-ton recreation of the famous monument celebrates the spirit of friendship with Honduras. In fact, on Thursday, May 3 at 5 p.m. you can meet the Ambassador of Honduras, His Excellency Jorge Ramon Hernández-Alcerro, alongside several of his Attachés and museum curators.
Found at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan in Honduras, Altar Q was carved from stone during the reign of King Yax Pasaj Chan Yopaat in AD 776. The 16 Kings of Copan — the “Lords of Time” in the Penn Museum’s world premiere exhibition — are all depicted, four to a side. Each ruler is seated on a Maya hieroglyph that bears his name or title.
Read more about the exhibition in our previous post.
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum
When: May 5-January 13
Where: 3260 South Street
Cost: Tickets start at $16.50
More info: www.penn.museum