Artist: Gilbert White and Girard Hale
Date: 1917
Medium: Oil on canvas on plaster
Dimensions: 18 x 35 feet
State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection
Location: 4th floor; also visible from 2nd and 3rd floors

Two of the first commissioned artworks in the Capitol were installed in the lunettes, at the ends of the atrium vaults. They were painted by Girard Hale, of Utah, and Gilbert White, of New York.

The Passing of the Wagons

The west mural, The Passing of the Wagons, depicts the arrival of the pioneers in the Great Salt Lake Valley. It depicts the valley as first seen by pioneers in July 1847.

The west mural, painting of The Passing of the Wagons at the Utah State Capitol.  West lunette.

Madonna of the Covered Wagon

The east mural, Madonna of the Covered Wagon, depicts a desert turned lush by irrigation and families establishing their new homes.

The east mural, painting, Madonna of the Covered Wagon at the Utah State Capitol.  East lunette.