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Monday, May 15, 2006

New Senate Murals

By Al Mansell
Utah State Senator, District 9

In the old Senate Chambers of the Utah State Capitol Building, on the north wall, behind the Senate President’s chair was a landscape mural of Lake Utah.

When the legislature moves back to the Capitol for the 2008 Session you will see that landscape again, plus two new murals high on the east and west walls.

The Senate Murals Selection Committee has decided one mural should represent the stunning southern regions of the state with red sandstone arches, indigenous art and the enormous western blue skies. The other will focus on the beautiful valleys and mountains of Northern Utah, featuring fruit orchards in full blossom framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Range.

In this way, the cumulative effective of the three murals will pay a sweeping tribute to the people and landscape of Utah – north, central, and south.

The Capitol Preservation Board is currently accepting resumes and portfolios of qualified artists.

If you need information, please contact Judith at the Capitol Preservation Board: 538-3074. Do not contact any member of the senate - artists that lobby will be disqualified.

The Capitol, ultimately, is your building.

We hope you will like the new décor!


Blogger The Senate Site said...

Here’s a little more history, courtesy of Capitol Preservation:

The existing segmented mural on the north wall of the Senate Chamber is an oil-on-canvas painting installed over prepared plaster surface.

Architect Kletting made no notes on the mural. However, the 1916 Capitol Commission report indicates that the House and Senate Chambers murals were included in the Phillip Dern Decorative Painting contract. Lee Greene Richards and A. B. Wright, both of Salt Lake City, painted the Senate Chamber mural.

Interestingly, Richards and Wright were born and raised on the same Salt Lake City block as fellow artist Mahonri Young.

Murals compatible with the existing mural will be painted and installed in concave framed panels (approximately 9’ x 14’) in the corresponding east and west transitional spaces.

5/15/2006 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think that there should be a mural of Ric Cantrell and your/his staffers - for all of your hard work!

Keep it up....the Utah State Senate is lucky to have you!

- jmd.

Joseph M. Demma
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

5/16/2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Any large-scale mural of that particular staffer would scare people away. Screaming.

We know. We’ve done focus groups. You’re right, though; Senate staff are a committed group that work extremely well together. It’s a pleasure to be part of the team.

Thanks for the kind words, Joe. Everyone knows you work just as hard, and a lot smarter, for the L.G. Keep it up!

5/16/2006 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, please, hire Utah artists.

5/17/2006 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Diamondback Jack said...

To memorialize Northern Utah ... how about a portrait of of me and my pickup truck in Sardine Canyon zipping down solid ice at 80 mph?

I can send a picture

but it's kind of blurry.

5/20/2006 12:19 PM  

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