Day 2 in my seven-day series dedicated to the seven wonders of the world, was inspired by Chitzen Itza in Mexico.  This Unesco World Heritage site, which dates back to 600 C.E., is comprised of a series of stone buildings, pyramids and roads.  The site’s main building, El Castillo, earned designation as one of the seven wonders of the world in 2007 after a world-wide vote.  However, this designation was not without controversy since the vote was sponsored by a commercial enterprise and the site’s partly government/partly private ownership still raises debate.

El Castillo at Chitzen Itza, Mexico

Over the past few years the National Institute of Anthropology and History, which manages the site, has closed the monuments to public access.  While people can still walk around them, climbing them is no longer possible.  The most recent closing was the above El Castillo structure in 2006 after a San Diego, CA woman fell to her death.  (My mother and sister climbed El Castillo just a few years earlier!)

My earring design inspired by El Castillo follows:

Watercolor and Gouache Yellow Gold and Diamond Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda


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