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Utah State Capitol

Seagulls and Clouds

Utah State Capitol dome mural

Artist: Philip Dern Decorating Company
Date: 1915
Medium: fresco
Dimensions: unspecified
Collection: Capitol Collection
Location: Capitol Rotunda

At 165 feet above the floor of the Rotunda, the ceiling mural depicts seagulls, the state bird, soaring among sunset-tinted clouds. The largest birds’ wingspans are approximately six-feet wide. In 1969, Alfred E. Lippold & Co. made repairs in the fresco. During the 2004–2008 restoration, the entire ceiling was repaired by artists working with Evergreen Painters, and any birds added after the original painting were removed.

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