Second Floor Hallways
Corridor Paintings and Marble Water Fountains
The paintings located on the upper hallway walls are called Lunettes. The word lunette
comes from the root word lunar meaning half-moon shaped. These paintings were done by
artist Charles Picot and depict scenes of South Dakota before visitation of the white man
in the early 1800's
To view these paintings, go here.
The marble water
fountains are excellent examples of the Greek symbolism found throughout the Capitol. The
underside of the water fountain looks like a sea shell and the top area looks like the
open half of a sea shell. Sea shells were considered to be symbols of water.
On both the left and
right sides of the fountain are carvings of the pasque flower, which is the
South Dakota State Flower. Above the flower are carvings of Acanthus
leaves which are symbols of wisdom, which are also
depicted in the Capitol Dome.
At the very top of the fountain is a heart carving. Originally there
was no plumbing at the fountains, there was just a basin with water in
the bowl area. A small tin
cup sat on the ledge and everyone shared the common cup to get their drink of water. This
explains why the fountains are so high. When they were built it was not intended for
people to lean over the edge to get their drink of water.
Also, at the end of the hallway stands this statue of
General W.H.H. Beadle.
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