Much to my irritation, I haven’t been allowed up on the scaffolding surrounding the State House dome as they regild it (something about safety – pfffft!) but I did get a chance to talk to the foreman of the crew doing the work and to see what gold leaf looks like up close.

She took some nice photos up on the dome itself, including the one above which shows putting gold leaf in a tight spot on the eagle atop the dome – the pink stuff is the paper backing that keeps tarnishing skin oils away from the gold.

You can read the whole piece and see her pictures here.

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