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Nebraska State Capitol

Lincoln, NE

Vestibule floor

Creation, 1925

Commissioned by: Bertram Goodhue AssociatesIconographer: Hartley Burr AlexanderArtistic Collaborator: Hartley Burr AlexanderMedium: inlaid marbleExecuted by: Sunderland Brothers

Cosmic Sun symbolizing Creation on vestibule floor

Cosmic Sun symbolizing Creation on vestibule floor

For the floor of the vestibule, Meière designed a cosmic sun symbolizing Creation in large pieces of inlaid marble1. Her design relates to the center of the vestibule dome, where Meière depicted the sun in gold ceramic tile, from which radiate jagged gold rays. The overall pattern of the floor with four guilloches surrounding a central medallion also relates directly to the designs on the floors of the foyer and rotunda.

Plan showing progression of marble floor design from vestibule to rotunda. Nebraska State Capitol Ornamental Marble Floor, by Sunderland Brothers Co., c. 1929. Nebraska Capitol Collections

Plan showing progression of marble floor design from vestibule to rotunda. Nebraska State Capitol Ornamental Marble Floor, by Sunderland Brothers Co., c. 1929. Nebraska Capitol Collections

Detail of geometric patterns set into guilloches on vestibule floor

Detail of geometric patterns set into guilloches on vestibule floor

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Hartley Burr Alexander,” Nebraska State Capitol: ‘Synopsis of Decorations and Inscriptions,’” unpublished ms., n.d., Office of the Capitol Commission, Nebraska Capitol Collections, RG01 S02 B11 F36, p. 17.

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Nebraska State Capitol
1445 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68509

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