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Conventional wisdom would probably suggest starting with a view of the exterior to better understand what I’m showing with this particular shot, but I thought I’d at least try and pique some curiosity at first glance. :) I’ve attached a WS for better idea of this perspective.

This is a view from the second floor rotunda of the Utah state capitol building, looking directly upwards from under the dome. As you may have surmised, the centerpiece seen in this image is actually a chandelier. It weighs approximately 6,200 lbs. / 2812 kilos.

The interior ceiling of the dome, at a height of 165ft. / 50m above the floor, includes a large painting by artist William Slater. The mural includes seagulls flying amongst clouds, and was chosen because the gull is Utah's official state bird and represents the Miracle of the Gull’s from Utah's history. Also within the dome is a cyclorama, with eight scenes from Utah's history, including the driving of the Golden Spike and the naming of Ensign Peak; the characters in the scenes of the cyclorama stand approximately 10ft. / 3m high.

I took many a picture of the capitol during my visit, and I’ll do my best to post each one showing something different that hopefully holds interest.

Thanks for taking a look!

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