For the first time in all of our Capitol visits we did the tour, which was awesome. We learned so much, some things we already knew, like the the Zia sun symbol, and the meanings of the four lines and four sets of arms representing the four seasons of the year, the four times a day, the four directions, the four stages of life. The story behind the two eagles on the state seal was quite interesting. The bigger eagle is the United States, watching over the smaller eagle eating a snake. The Spanish settlers in the area had a vision that the sign telling them where to settle would be an eagle sitting on a cactus eating a snake, so they looked and continued to move and explore and migrate, until at last, In the current New Mexico, they saw exactly that. The United States is watching over the smaller New Mexico, as they decided to join the union and become a state.
The Capitol building is not in the shape of a traditional dome building, but rather it too is the shape of the Zia sun. They have incredible art throughout the building, with very interesting stories behind each one. One buffalo sculpture was completely made out of materials from a land fill, to remind New Mexican residence to be more mindful of their environment and protect it.
We thought of Alex Zukowski as we saw a modern mystery in the Angel Staircase. They have been unable to determine where the wood came from, and what kind of wood it is, and they do not know who made it. It is quite old, and quite amazing, and even though it has never been actively maintained or restored, it looks brand new.