source: Nebraska's Memorial Capitol, by Leonard Nelson
The chandelier has 136 light bulbs, weighs 3500 pounds, and has symbols of corn and arrows to represent Native Americans. It’s lowered once a year and all the light bulbs are changed; then it’s hand cranked back up into place. If the Rotunda is showing us Nebraska’s resources and the corn represents the plants we eat, what do the arrows represent?
Lee Lawrie and Hildreth Meiere, the Capitol’s original artists, were the artistic judges that chose Kenneth Evett’s murals to fill the blank spaces on the Rotunda walls in 1956.