Land of the Mayas: Gonzalez Mural in New Orleans Lakefront Airport


The “Land of the Mayas” mural depicts a Sikorsky plane flying over the Pyramids of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico. Igor Sikorsky, originally from Ukraine, established the Sikorsky Corporation in 1925, in Connecticut.  Sikorsky is likely most remembered for developing the helicopter, but he also built a range of small planes that would see service in airlines as well as the military.  The Sikorsky amphibian ranged in models, but the twin Wasp-motored amphibian S-38 is probably depicted.  The S-37 design, developed in 1927, was sold later to Pan American Airways International and was used to scout future air navigation routes.

Too much stress cannot be laid on the important part played by aviation in these explorations, as without airplanes some of the finest pyramids and temples would have remained buried in impassable jungles. (Friends of New Orleans Lakefront Airport)



“House of the Magician” in 1913, Douglas C. McMurtrie, Public Domain photograph retrieved from Wikipedia



The mural also includes depictions of a stela, the upright stone slab, used as a gravestone or other type of memorial, a papaya tree, maguey plant, and a hut and other plants.  The maguey is a member of the agave family and is also called a century plant.


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5 Responses to Land of the Mayas: Gonzalez Mural in New Orleans Lakefront Airport

  1. socialbridge says:

    Fascinating post, Suz


  2. Love these connections! I haven’t been to the NO Airport it years but will check it out the next time we fly to NO instead of driving. Good post!


    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, CC! This airport is just too beautiful for words. Be sure to have lunch in the restaurant off the Walnut Room, where you have a ceiling to floor view of the runway beyond and toward Lake Pontchartrain, and the food is delicious!


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