These Grand Style murals feature the 'Fountain of Triton' by Bernini (Piazza Barberini, Rome) on the staircase wall, flanked by trompe-l'oeil columns supporting a 20' high ceiling. The opposite wall boasts a painted replica of the 'Porch of the Maidens' (from Erechtheion at the Acropolis, Athens) customized to fit atop the existing moldings.
All was painted directly on the walls using water based acrylics. To avoid glare no glaze medium was used so the finished look is reminiscent of a true fresco. This required a special blending technique devised for this large project. With minor exceptions, most of the paintings were left unvarnished to preserve this appearance. Although the project took several months to complete on location, much of the design work and color samples were completed in studio, solving crucial design issues beforehand. While assistants were used for some work, Russell did most of the painting himself, as well as all concept designs.