I read with dismay that on the rotunda ceiling at the state Capitol "other historically accurate touches aren't as readily visible, such as the 30 or so seagulls on the rotunda ceiling that have been painted over because they were not part of the original artwork" (Nov. 29).

The seagulls were painted around the same time as other paintings in the rotunda. My father, William Earl Slater, was one of the artists hired by Utah's version of the WPA to give unemployed artists work. The other artist, who was supposed to help, was too nervous on the scaffolding, so my father did the whole thing.

Thousands of Utah schoolchildren who have toured the Capitol can tell you about the seagulls with the 30-foot wingspan and tell about the brave artist who hung by scaffolding to do the job.

Lynne Turner