Washington, D.C. Visitors Center Selects Material for Scale Model Sculpture of Capitol Dome
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“Touchable” 14-foot Tall Model Cast from Ultra-durable PUR
To Withstand Examination by 3 Million Visitors Annually
The celebrated new Visitors Center that is now the main entrance to the U.S. Capitol building is being hailed as a destination site of its own in addition to the primary role as a waiting area and information center for tours. One of the key exhibits drawing the attention of visitors is a high-accuracy scale model of the Capitol Dome. The 14-foot tall polyurethane model features exterior and interior architectural details for which the landmark structure is recognized throughout the world. The exterior section is fully accessible to the public to view, photograph and touch. The lighted interior model of The Rotunda is displayed behind glass to protect the exacting miniature replicas of elaborately carved dome complete with the canopy fresco, printed reproductions of historical art, and fully accurate renditions of the busts and statues displayed in the room.