The Land is one of the more popular pavilions in Epcot‘s Future World given that it is home to Soarin. And at nearly 2.5 million square feet of space under roof, it is a huge place to explore.
There is actually something very interesting to see before you even step inside the door – and many people miss it because they are rushing inside to get their FastPass for Soarin.
We are talking about the huge dual murals that lead up the entrance.
About The Artists
The two murals, on either side of the entrance, were created by the famous husband and wife team of Hanns and Monika Scharff (Source).
Monika also worked on another very famous mosaic installation – the panels telling the story of Cinderella in the main thoroughfare through the middle of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. She worked on that project very early in her career as an artist.
The couple has worked on many other projects, including ones in California, Georgia, and Utah.
About The Artwork
The murals in The Land are 120 feet long and are made up of approximately 150,000 individual tiles. The tiles themselves are made from many different materials, including marble, glass, slate, granite, and even some made from real gold. The design is meant to look like flowing lava, and has a very kinetic quality to it. It is also very colorful and quite beautiful.
Legend has it that the two murals are exactly the same, except for a single tile which is different. The difference is supposedly located close to the doors, where one side contains a gold tile but the opposite side contains a green tile instead (green being the birthstone color of Hanns and Monika’s first son). I looked for this difference but wasn’t personally able to find it.