The massive artwork called “Capital Reef,” painted by Artist Doug Snow in 1997, has been hidden away behind a curtain in the Supreme Court Chambers at the Mathson Courthouse for decades. Initially titled “Conflict and Resolution,” the painting drew inspiration from landscapes and abstracted them with vibrant colors.
However, some viewers found it distracting, leading to its concealment. Recently, the painting was unexpectedly displayed during court hearings, indicating a shift in the court’s appreciation for art.
The justices declined to comment on camera but stated in writing that they no longer believe curtains are necessary and that the painting’s theme reflects the court’s handling of diverse viewpoints. They acknowledged that opinions on the painting vary, emphasizing the importance of respectful dialogue and the acceptance of differing perspectives within the community..