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Backstory and Context
The Capitol's architecture is not only a fine example of the Beaux-Arts style, it also features Wisconsin iconography. The interior features motifs of wreaths and garlands using oak leaves. The exterior continues this theme of Wisconsin-related motifs with the statue atop the dome, called "Wisconsin," which depicts a woman wearing a helmet with a badger (the state animal) and ears of corn (an important state crop), as well as other symbols of the themes of liberty, justice, and truth.
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Biebel, Anne E., et al. "Wisconsin State Capitol." National Park Service - National Historic Landmark Nomination Form. https://www.nps.gov/nhl/find/statelists/wi/WiscCapitol.pdf.
Rath, Jay. "Third time’s the charm? Wisconsin's majestic 100-year-old Capitol has outlasted its predecessors." Isthmus. June 29, 2017. http://isthmus.com/news/cover-story/wisconsins-majestic-100-year-old-capitol-has-outlasted-its-p.