The oil painting, by Arizona cowboy artist Lon Megargee, was hung in the Arizona State Capitol Building in 1913, a year after Arizona joined the Union. The painting depicts the old west, with its monumental rock forms and an Indian on horseback moving towards us. The painting hangs in one of the old capitol’s tiny offices, now part of an Arizona historical museum. A derby hangs next to it on a coat rack. By leaning as far as I could to the right, I was able to merge the hat into the painting itself, an incongruous juxtaposition of opposing ways of life. The derby evokes the urbane style of 1913's eastern cities, while the painting offers a nostalgic western dreamscape that by 1913 had already become lost to memory.