This clever, three-dimensional ‘trompe l’oeil’ mural, by award-winning local artist Peta Laurisen (assisted by Tiffany Calder Kingston), spans the whole of the west wall of the Crystal Castle courtyard.
Painted in her specialty style that gives an illusion of depth, tricking the eye into believing it is viewing a real scene, the mural features a grand archway inspired by the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia with a winding stairway leading up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang). Taktsang is one of the holiest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, especially venerated because the Guru Rinpoche was said to have flown to the monastery mounted on a flaming tigress. The tiger stands guard at the entranceway, bringing awareness to the plight of this majestic animal, which is on the brink of extinction.
Symbols from twelve of the world’s main faiths are etched in the stone of the archway to represent the Oneness of humanity.
This is a very popular spot for our visitor’s to take photos.