Why The Mosaic At The Entry To Epcot’s The Land Pavilion Curves Onto The Ground

by SharonKurheg

Before Epcot opened in 1982, Wat Disney World already had some beautiful mosaics on its property, in the form of the five panels that tell the story of Cinderella, inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.


PC: Norm Lanier/flickr

Designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond, the mosaics were done by Hanns Scharff, a WW2-era German interrogator who turned into a mosaic artist in the 1950s, and whose other work included the California State Capitol building, the Dixie State College Cine Arts Center and several schools, colleges and universities.

So when Disney was building its second park in Florida and wanted a mosaic at the entryway to The Land pavilion, they knew exactly who to call – Hanns Scharff.

The mosaic is meant to depict the various layers of the earth, which fits in perfectly with the theming of The Land. But did you ever notice that the tiles aren’t just on the wall, but they also curve onto the floor?

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PC: Wally Gobetz/flickr

There’s a reason for that. And it wasn’t on purpose…

Watch this video to find out about it, as well as a little more about the history of the mosaic at the entryway to The Land.

Learn something new every day, huh? 🙂

** Feature photo via Disney Tourist Blog

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Sydney November 29, 2018 - 7:07 am

If you’re referring to the Peublo Village mural in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort that was designed by Mary Blaire

Source: I worked front desk there for almost 4 years and did the orientation tour for new cast members where we spoke of the mural and the five legged goat

SharonKurheg November 29, 2018 - 9:41 am

Noted. Changed. LOLOL!

Wes March 15, 2020 - 10:06 pm

Cool beans!

Russ March 16, 2020 - 12:04 am

Wow this is so cool!


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