The image of the model is derived from a casually taken, poor-quality 35mm studio or working shot and therefore neither mirrors the true colours precisely, nor allows for enlarged viewing. The general colour scheme of the architectural structures, embellished with metal foil and beatgold, and of the floor, laid out with marbled paper, consists of buff, pale grey and antique pink. All stucco features are made of appliquéd paper doilies, the candles of the chandeliers of plastic drinking straws. It is the gold leaf covering of the backdrop and suspended wings that confers a golden shimmer to the entire set. Their life-size analogues, encompassing almost 300m², were also clad in 14-carat leaf gilding.
Not only, according to Barry Kay, did the architecture of Russian basilicas and palaces stand godfather to his setting of The Sleeping Beauty, but also that of the lavishly and sumptuously designed Moscow metro stations and their profuse adornments of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Often referred to as people’s palaces, the architecture of these stations has its roots in that of the very Tsarist palaces.