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Makeover for sculpture on top of Vt. Statehouse

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A high-profile restoration project is underway at the Vermont Statehouse.

Ceres stands atop the golden dome. The Roman goddess of agriculture is getting a fresh coat of paint. The last work on the goddess was done back in 2004. But officials say the 14-foot wood sculpture has some serious structural issues that will need to be dealt with in the next decade or so, when a larger project to renovate the dome gets underway.

For now, workers are applying paint with an adhesive coating to try to buy some time.

"She is rotting basically from the inside, so we're going to have to pluck her off someday and actually do some major restoration. So, this is just sort of stopgap restoration right now," said Tricia Harper, a state architect.

This isn't the first Ceres to grace the dome. The original was put up in 1858, but eventually suffered from dry rot. In 1938, former Statehouse Sergeant-at-Arms Dwight Dwinell carved the version that we see up there today.

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