Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture, Returns to the State House

Today the third Ceres statue to adorn the Vermont state house was installed on top of the golden dome (now golden, the first Ceres oversaw a red dome).

 

The event included state officials, many groups of school children - at least one group sporting their homemade Ceres star headbands (adorably), the now-ubiquitous-in-Montpelier Ceres on a stick paper cut outs, a bucket of wood chips from carving the mahogany sculpture, coffee (rumored, not verified), a colorfully dressed chocolate Ceres lollipop vendor, random music making instruments (there was also a rendition of the state song), the head of 1938's Ceres II for comparison purposes, and the Agency of Agriculture drone.

 

Two questions that everyone seemed to be asking:

  • How much does the statue weigh? According to a Times Argus report early in the project, the wood began at 4,000 pounds, but was 2,000 at the end of scultping when it was hollowed out. It is 14 feet, 7 inches tall. A stone statue, by comparison, would weigh 20,000 pounds (too heavy for the dome to support). 

  • How much gold is on the dome? Not much. If all that gold leaf were a block of gold, it would be smaller than a deck of cards

 

Some recommended earlier coverage:

 

Photos from the day


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And when the festivities were done, presumably all that was left was the wood chips. . . 

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. . . plus a beautiful new statue for Vermont.

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And when the festivities were done, presumably all that was left was the wood chips. . . 



 

. . . . plus a beautiful new statue for Vermont.