A new restaurant building and interior for Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure in Florida. The project offers an interpretation of Greek and Roman mythology filtered through the Renaissance gardens of Bomarzo, the forms of which inspired the surreal artists Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali. The mythological and imaginary creatures are in part inspired by the “Book of Imaginary Beings” and the short fiction “Labyrinths” by Jorge Luis Borges, and also by Homer’s “Odyssey”.
A ferro-concrete shell suggests a city emerging from stone, like the one in the 1949 story “The Immortal” by Jorge Luis Borges, part of the “Labyrinths” collection.
Domes and spires emerging from stone, a relief of Narcissus gazes into a fountain, an arch is supported by a crystalized Atlas, anthropomorphic arches that are also faces, and metal work depicting sirens, Kraken the Cyclops.
The room focuses upon an enormous dragon, the fiery mouth of which is a pizza oven. Floor fragments inspired by the mosaics of Pompeii depict Mercury, Pegasus, the three-headed dog Cerberus.
Design Architect / Interior Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Lighting Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Furniture Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Graphics: Jordan Mozer & Associates, LTD.
Art Work: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Product Manufacturing and Management: Mozer Studios
JMA Project Team: Jordan Mozer, Jeff Carloss, Bill Ewert, Andy Susanto
Photography: Doug Snower
Universal Studios - Robert Ward, Mark Woodbury
Structural Engineer: John Allys