Ceres, Bronze Statue Atop State Capitol, Removed for Restoration

Ceres, Roman goddess of Agriculture

After nearly a century standing tall atop our State Capitol, the bronze statue of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture, was brought to the ground for some much-needed restoration and conservation. Ceres was on display to the public for two hours on Thursday prior to her departure for Chicago to be restored. The process is estimated to take about a year.

According to the Missouri State Capitol Commission (MSCC), Ceres was selected to stand atop the Capitol "to signify the importance of agriculture to the State of Missouri." In her left arm, she cradles a bundle of grain. Upon her installation in 1924, "a winch was tied to an elm tree and a pulley system was used to hoist her in three pieces to the top of the Capitol dome," according to the MSCC. The statue weighs approximately 1,500-2,000 pounds with the heaviest piece weighing 900 pounds. She stands 10 feet, four inches tall. Learn more about Ceres and the restoration process from the Missouri State Capitol Commission.

November 16, 2018 - 3:44pm
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