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Water-soluble salts in cement-based plaster create white stains on the tower walls due to leaks on the upper floors.

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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.