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    Gilding Oregon Capitol Pioneer

    Oregon Capitol North Elevation

    High atop the Oregon Capitol, the Golden Pioneer statue has surveyed Salem since 1938. The statue stands nearly 22' in height, upon a marble base 23' feet tall. The bronze sculpture is clad in gold leaf. This periodically needs refurbishing as the elements wear the whisper-thin sheets of 23 K gold. This September 2000 is the third gilding of the statue. This site will take you through the complete process and leave you with an appreciation for the work of art and those who maintain it. September 2000.

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  • Welcome!
  • Statue Damage Inspection
  • Gilding Process Photos
  • Gilding Completed
  • Finishing The Job
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