Saturday, July 9, 2011
US Capitol Bldg. [The Statue of Freedom, by Thomas Crawford]
The Statue of Freedom..
by Thomas Crawford
Atop the US Capitol Building Dome..
She stands on a cast-iron globe encircled with the words "E Pluribus Unum", the national motto at the time of her placement atop the dome. It means, "Out of many, one".. The bronze statue stands 19 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 15,000 pounds.
From the website Architect of the Capitol, click here..
The statue is a classical female figure of Freedom wearing flowing draperies. Her right hand rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword; her left holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes. Her helmet is encircled by stars and features a crest composed of an eagle's head, feathers, and talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans. A brooch inscribed "U.S." secures her fringed robes.
Being a sculpture enthusiast, from the moment I saw it, it easily became one of my top favourites..