We all have muses, even if not clearly seen or always at hand. Maybe she lurks in the tulip now underground but getting ready for a spring burst. Maybe it is my granddaughter baking a cake with us on FaceBook. Or the glorious flakes of snow coming down these last few days, a rain of light. The juncos pulling seed from last fall’s flowers. She is everywhere whether or not I see her.
One of my favorite muses has long masqueraded as the statue of Ceres, the goddess of agricultural fertility, on top of the Vermont Statehouse dome. She was funky and had rust showing in places but she was always there as a touchstone of being home. When the previous statue was removed last spring, after finally succumbing to decline due to nearly 80 years in the elements, we were all in shock to see the dome without her.
But plans were afoot and the dome was regilded, and the new statue carved over the last six months. Last week she rose to the top of the dome to the cheers and tears of thousands of us here in Central Vermont. What a celebration it has been. “VV” (Very Vermont) as our friend Dot says.
There are far too many photographs for any reasonable human to scroll through in a blog, so, be unreasonable and take a few minutes to quickly see her in the final stages of being carved by the amazing and generous artist, Chris Miller, the send-off party at the Vermont Granite Museum where Chris worked and always welcome the public to the process, and, finally, the ascension of Ceres to the top of the dome. And while you are scrolling, please take time to enjoy the details—most of which are now high up and hard to see or stored only in memories of wonderful times with others watching this muse come to life.
Ceres, the last finishing touches
Ceres, the goodbye party
The artist, Chris Miller, and Governor Phil Scott, both celebrating the day.
Shoveling snow off the place she will soon be resting:
Up she goes:
And down she comes onto the top of the dome!
Released from the bonds:
And the muse is back in our lives again!