Friday, June 20, 2008

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five:

Five facts about the MN State Capitol's Quadriga.

1. Sculpted by Daniel Chester Finch and Edward Potter, it was placed on the State Capitol in 1906.

2. It is called "Progress of the State."

3. The Four Horses represent the powers of nature: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water. (though some speculate they actually represent the Minnesota taxpayers, beasts of burden pulling the gilded chariot of government.)

4. The Man represents prosperity. The women represent civilization.

5. The entire statue is gilded. The total amount of gold used would be equal to about a tennis ball's worth.

Does your state have a famous statue? Landmark?


  1. With nearly 400 years of history here, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a famous statue landmark. LOL And you just gave me the idea for Saturday seven. :-D

  2. We've got the god ol' Grand Canyon, if that counts. Haven't been to our state capitol building since junior high. Ah, the memories.

  3. In Oklahoma, we have the Bombing Memorial (which is incredible), but we have a lot of fun things, too, like Route 66. The Pioneer Woman is a famous statue, but not at the Capitol. Of course this is Will Rogers country, so there's a lot of that around, too.

  4. Well, let's see. We've got the Ryman auditorium. We've got the Batman Building (the building with the twin spires that makes the Nashville skyline unique). We've got Music Row. We've got the "Musica" sculpture in the middle of the Music Row roundabout (it's six or seven naked people cavorting about in a somewhat risque manner--just Google "musica roundabout sculpture" and you'll see what I mean).

    And that's just in Middle Tennessee. East Tennessee has Gatlinburg and Dollywood. West Tennessee has Memphis--Beale Street, St. Jude Hospital, and the Pyramid.

  5. The Huey P. Long bridge, the statue of Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square, the state capitol building itself. It's a skyscraper. All the balconies in the French Quarter, the Cabildo, Cafe du Monde, St. Louis Cathedral. Bourbon Street, unfortunately. (dirtiest, filthiest street you'll ever see in you life)