Oregon's State Capitol is in Salem. In this view a temporary modern metal sculpture is on the Capitol garden grounds.
The Capitol building was necessary after a fire destroyed the previous one in 1935. Construction of the new Capitol started December 4th, 1936 and was finished October 1, 1938. The design deviates from the popular 'rotunda-dome-wing', and is overall Art Deco style, a combination of Egyptian simplicity and Greek refinement. Most of the structure is marble, and on top of the cupola is the gold 'Oregon Pioneer', an eight and a half ton bronze statue with gold leaf finish representing the "brawny woodsman" with axe in hand. The building cost $2.5 million which in today's dollars would be $42 million.
In 2002, the building became the first state capitol to produce solar power with the addition of 60 photovoltaic panels generating on the average 7.8 kilowatts of electricity.
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npecanhuk (62726) 2014-07-30 16:43
Another different State Capitol! This one is smaller, but I like it style!
Your picture is interesting and attractive as well!
Special regards to the exposure, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (18621) 2014-07-30 22:24
I like this very much. You used a clever viewpoint to juxtapose the sculpture and building. Very clear, sharp image. Although I have recently returned from Oregon I did not know that Salem was the State Capitol. Thanks for the informative note.
Kind Regards, Ann
emka (75373) 2014-07-30 23:35
Hello again, I had no idea that Salem is a capital of Oregon, I have heard only about Salem witch trials. Was it the same city? Anyway, they have very interesting capitol, quite unusual and you presented it excellently. Superb composition with the modern sculpture in fg.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jhm (136896) 2014-07-31 3:51
We get a completely modern picture with the statue as real eye catcher on these nice picture.
Also the colours and composition are wonderful to look at.
Very well captured nice presentation too.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (22270) 2014-07-31 10:14
This is very cool. I love the combination of styles here, and it is easy to see the simplicity and elegant refinement that you mention in your note, I had the impression in mind that most of the state capitols were the traditional dome and wing style, which are beautiful, but I love to see in the past few posts you shared the diversity that is there too. Fine big towers to Egyptian style, very cool. I love this series, it's great to see such buildings which I likely would never see otherwise.
delpeoples (52877) 2014-07-31 23:40
Must be the water baby in me, but it looks like waves about to come crashing down on the dome of the Parliament House. And symbolically, that might indeed be true with all the unnatural disasters happening at the moment. I really like how you composed this, the image is beautifully illuminated and incredibly sharp. The Capitol building here is quite attractive.
Thanks for sharing
Silvio1953 (118553) 2014-08-01 11:37
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (14036) 2014-08-02 12:02
Very original composition mixing art with architecture
Like the golden shining statue of the pioneer on top
Well doe, regards
Is Salem the city of the famous witches?
mesutilgim (81604) 2014-08-03 13:39
Nice architectorial capture with good pov and layout from salem. Good idea to keep the modern artwok in the foreground.
Interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards