Restoring The Rotunda

I am fortunate to work at the University of Virginia medical center, and have an office that is a 5 minute walk from the beautiful grounds of UVA. The header of my blog is an image of the Rotunda last year in the snow. Note the black fabric at the tops of the columns. This was to cover the capitals that were in such a state of disrepair that people below were in danger of being hit by pieces falling off. The Rotunda is undergoing a huge renovation, and today they started the process of installing the new capitals. The new capitals are made of Carrara marble, machine carved and hand finished as I understand it. They weigh over 6 tons, and cost about 150,000 each. I was lucky enough to see them up close, and they are breath-takingly beautiful. Here are a few photos. You can go here:  http://rotunda.virginia.edu/ to read more about the restoration.

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