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Statue has limitations: Ceres to receive first makeover in 94 years

The Missouri Office of Administration said Ceres, the bronze statue depicting the Roman goddess of agriculture atop the Capitol dome, will be removed Nov. 15 for cleaning and conservation. (Missouri Office of Administration)

It’s a pivotal moment in the exterior restoration of the Missouri State Capitol.

The Missouri Office of Administration said Ceres, the bronze statue depicting the Roman goddess of agriculture atop the Capitol dome, will be removed Nov. 15 for cleaning and conservation.

Ceres was added to the dome in 1924. She’s a little over ten feet tall and weighs between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds.

Workers have surrounded the statue with scaffolding in preparation for its removal. They will lower Ceres to the ground with a 550-ton crane and place her on a flatbed truck for transport to Chicago, where the renovation will take place.

State officials said there will be an opportunity for the public to stand close to the statue and observe the detail.

Ceres will not return to the capitol for nearly a year. In the meantime, officials say workers will replace the capstone pedestal, which is badly eroded for decades of lightning strikes and other weather extremes.

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