New sculpture to be installed on top of Vermont Statehouse

Published 11-30-2018

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A newly carved sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, will be installed on top of the Vermont Statehouse.

A dedication ceremony takes place on Friday. The statue is scheduled to be lifted to the top of the Statehouse dome around noon.

It is the third Ceres statue to grace the top of the state capitol building. The last one was removed in the spring over concerns that it was rotting after nearly 80 years there.

Sculptor Chris Miller carved the new 14-foot (4 meter) statue out of mahogany wood. It's part of a nearly $2 million project to renovate the Statehouse dome.

Friday's event includes a dedication ceremony with Republican Gov. Phil Scott, Miller and legislative leaders and a performance by the Montpelier High School honor choir.

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