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Indian Watchtower at Desert View (Interior)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 July 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The most architecturally-impressive section of the tower is undoubtedly the tower interior. The space is an open shaft surrounded by circular balconies edging the walls and small staircases that lead up to subsequent levels. Only the uppermost observation area has a complete floor area covering the circular plan, and large plate-glass windows overlooking the surrounding expanses of the vast southwest. The rooftop observation area, reached by a ladder of sturdy log construction, is closed to the public. The steel and concrete structure of this space is entirely plastered and all of the walls are covered with murals. The most distinct images, painted by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie depict various aspects of Hopi mythology and religious ceremonies. The other murals done by Fred Greer are more subtle in color and purposefully softer in detail, and are copies of prehistoric pictographs and petroglyphs. The tiny windows of the tower let in a minimal amount of light which adds to the cave-like, mystical atmosphere of the space. Experiencing the multiple levels and circular balconies and the hundreds of prehistoric images inundates the viewer with an overwhelming sense of the southwest.

Pictured here is our tour guide from Pink Jeep Tours explaining the pictographs.

Photos captured May 8, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/3.5 ISO 800 18 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful detail

30 Jul 2013 6:14am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

30 Jul 2013 8:00am

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

so excellent shot
Is this a Museum?

30 Jul 2013 9:46am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful capture of the interior !

30 Jul 2013 10:19am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, that's been really beautifully recreated. Must've been marvelous to see in person.

30 Jul 2013 10:43am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Super light and details here .

30 Jul 2013 11:06am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Jolie scène, de beaux détails.)

30 Jul 2013 12:09pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Some great artwork, I am still remembering the beautiful photo from yesterday,
great detail here !~

30 Jul 2013 3:17pm

franz from Baden, Austria

intriguing patterns, very appealing colours and hues, most interesting info !

30 Jul 2013 4:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting pictographs. Very nice shot.

30 Jul 2013 4:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A beautiful capture of the colorful and lovely native artwork.

30 Jul 2013 5:58pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful historical graphics on the wall; great lighting and colors too ... great documented shot!

30 Jul 2013 7:46pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful sight of the interior, with great information.

We were there on same date; it was Mother's Day, 1994, and the ground was covered with snow when we woke up in our camper. The air was crisp and crystal clear; what a wonderful place to be!

30 Jul 2013 7:50pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent capture. through the 80s, i often biked to the south rim from flagstaff. however, i have always preferred the north rim; or better yet, the bowels of the canyon. two raft trips down the colorado were transformative.

30 Jul 2013 11:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of the interior and the artwork.

30 Jul 2013 11:51pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! The colors and the light are superb! Wonderful and interesting information.

31 Jul 2013 12:22am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Now this, is interesting! I really admire the art form...I did a project in art class with similar figures and aztec art mixed in it. Thanks for sharing!

31 Jul 2013 1:19am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A wonderful capture in perfect frame ! A fine composition !!

31 Jul 2013 2:39am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie.

31 Jul 2013 2:44am