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The Conservation Associates team is currently in the process of maintaining the second floor of the Watchtower. The left side of this painting has been cleaned and toned, in contrast to the right side, which still awaits cleaning.

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Conserving culture and history at Desert View

Grandson of Watchtower mural painter and team of conservators preserve art and Native culture in iconic tower

More than 80 years after Hopi artist Fred Kabotie painted colorful murals on the walls of Mary Colter’s new Desert View Watchtower, his grandson, Ed Kabotie, takes a water-moistened brush in hand and applies it carefully to the unsealed plaster walls.