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The Quadriga

Quadriga, c. 1986.

Daniel Chester French—sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial—designed the quadriga or golden horses on the exterior of the building.

The quadriga figures are made of copper and covered with 23-½ karat gold leaf. As part of an extensive restoration project, the quadriga was removed from the capitol in 1994, restored and returned in 1995.

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