The colonies of Kallitechnia were arranged by themes of the ancient Four Elements, that is, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Not only was the people's way of life full of their element, the architecture and costume fashions followed the theme. The overall style was Art Nouveau which adapted easily to the elemental philosophy and ornamentation. In this drawing you see a fanciful carved stairway which makes its way through multiple levels of fountains. This is in the Water House, and you can see figures of mermaids, seals, and aquatic creatures in the stairway and fountain designs.
Black ink on illustration board, original drawing 12" x 9", March 1997. Click for larger view.