Campus Notebook: Capitol Dome to Get First Paint Job in Years

Posted June 18, 2010 at 5:40pm

The Architect of the Capitol will begin painting the Dome on Monday, with workers erecting scaffolding and platforms to get the job done.

It has been eight years since the Dome was last painted, though the AOC reseals cracks during its annual inspection. The project should be complete by November, according to an AOC news release.

But the repainting is only a stopgap measure until the AOC is able to begin a wholesale restoration of the Dome. Plans include removing old paint and repairing any of the cast-iron surfaces that are cracked or broken. The last time such work was done was in 1960.

As workers paint the Dome in the next few months, they will also be evaluating it in preparation of those future plans.

“The U.S. Capitol Dome is iconic and is the most recognized symbol of our government,” Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers said in the release. “In 1793, President [George] Washington had insisted during the original construction of the Capitol Building that it demonstrate the permanence of our federal government. We take great pride in our mission to preserve the Capitol Building.”

Arresting Spree

CodePink co-founder Diane Wilson was arrested for the second time in as many weeks Thursday for disrupting a hearing on the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Earlier this month, Wilson was arrested for dumping oil-colored corn syrup on her head during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Last week, she smeared what looked like oil over her face and demanded that BP CEO Tony Hayward be arrested during his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee.

Wilson is a fourth-generation shrimper from Texas who helped found CodePink in 2003. On Thursday, she was charged with unlawful conduct and assault on a police officer for resisting arrest. For the June 9 incident, she was charged with unlawful conduct.

“Pouring a jar of fake oil on myself, I can get a year in jail,” she said in a statement. “Tony Hayward’s company is pouring millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf every day. He should be the one going to jail.”

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