Visitors during Family Day will get a rare opportunity to enter the grounds of the historic Annenberg estate for free to see the spectacular bronze column that inspired Sunnylands’ newest art exhibition, Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado.
The column, stretching 20 feet high, is a half-scale replica of the world-famous El Paraguas fountain found at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Both columns were created by José and Tomás Chávez Morado, brothers from Guanajuato, Mexico, who were among an elite group of artists who helped modern architects reshape their nation’s capital ahead of the 1968 Olympics.
Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado brings more of the brothers’ works to Rancho Mirage nearly 50 years after their column was installed as the signature element of the Sunnylands entry court.
Throughout the day, guests who are at least 10 years old will be able to board shuttles for a quick trip behind the pink walls of Sunnylands, access that usually requires a tour ticket, to view the column in front of Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s midcentury modern home. The column is adorned with carved relief symbols that tell the story of Mexico, from its pre-Hispanic past to the 20th century. (Entry into the house will not be permitted.)
Other Family Day activities, all free, take place from 9:30 am to 2 pm at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.