‘Ceres’ returns atop Vermont Statehouse

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Hundreds took to the grounds of the Statehouse Friday to celebrate the third installment of Ceres.

“There is no place like dome and she is going back up on that dome,” said Brenda Greika, lives in Montpelier.

Since 1858, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture carved out of pine has graced the golden dome. The original was replaced in 1938.

“The fact that we have our history and an anchor of our state as agriculture dominating our dome and the goddess looking over us as we do our work in the legislature is an incredibly important testament to what our values are in Vermont,” said Rep. Mitzi Johnson, D- House Speaker.

In April, Ceres II was removed from her post due to rot. The search quickly began for a sculptor of the third version of Ceres.

“I’m so incredibly proud that this sculpture was carved just a few miles away in my hometown of barre,” said Gov. Phil Scott, R- Vermont.

This time, the nearly 4,000 pound statue was carved out of mahogany by two Vermont sculptors. Jerry Williams of Montpelier and Chris Miller of Calais.

“I felt the best way to honor the earlier craftsmanship was to do as much as physically possible given the short time frame by hand using some of the same tools that had been used in 1858,” said Miller.

After Friday’s dedication ceremony and a photo-op, it was time to hoist Ceres into place.

“She is just beautiful, she is magnificent and she if everything good about Vermont,” said Greika.

The installation of Ceres tops off a $2 million renovation of the golden dome which re-gilded the dome itself.

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