13. At the base of the dome, on the front of the capital, is a sculpture called the “Gold Horses.” It symbolizes the triumph of government and prosperity. The statue in the center is called Prosperity. In one hand he holds a horn of plenty containing the fruits, grains and other vegetables grown in Minnesota. His other hand holds a banner bearing the name of the state. He is standing on a chariot drawn by four horses. The figures are made of sheet metal covered with copper and gold leaf.
Minnesota State Capitol Building (St. Paul)
July 27, 2013 By Alisa Abecassis http://exploreall50.com/tag/state-capitol-building/
The Minnesota State Capitol Building is a stately structure with the requisite dome columns and other ornamentation like so many others. What is unique is the gold leafed 'quadriga" (a four horse chariot) up on the roof. Supposedly the four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. The women leading the horses symbolize civilization, and the man on the chariot represents prosperity. We didn't quite make it up to … [Read more...]