State Capitol

13 March 2003

The white statues at the entry of the State Capitol building in Harrisburg, according to the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, were sculpted by George Grey Barnard: "On the right, entering the building, the group of nude men and women are in the attitudes representing the spiritual burdens carried by mankind. The left side group represents humanity advancing through the inspiration of work and brotherhood."

The bronze and gilded figure on top, molded by R. Hinton Perry, measures 14' 6" and is set upon a gilt ball, 4' in diameter. It is poised, facing west, with the right arm extended forward, and the left upholding a garlanded mace.

The 600-room building was constructed of monumental granite, quarried in Vermont, during 1902-1906 at a cost of $11 million.


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