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A cleaner Victory

OLYMPIA -- Larry Tate of FS Ltd., cleans Winged Victory, the monument to World War I veterans on the Capitol Campus, on Tuesday, May 15. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- Larry Tate of FS Ltd., cleans Winged Victory, the monument to World War I veterans on the Capitol Campus, on Tuesday, May 15. (Jim Camden)

OLYMPIA -- With Memorial Day around the corner, the state Department of Enterprise Services is doing its annual maintenance and restoration of the Capitol Campus grounds and monuments.

On Tuesday, Larry Tate of FS Ltd., a company that specializes in art restoration and conservation work, did a cleaning job on Winged Victory, the monument to World War I veterans at the northeast entrance to the Capitol Building. Heat, cold, rain, snow and salt air from nearby Budd Inlet are hard on the sculpture

FS Ltd. did a major restoration work on Winged Victory, cleaning off the gold paint that had been applied by someone previous administration that thought  the1938 sculpture needed to be a brighter color, and restored it to the color it was when Alonzo Lewis finished it. 

From his vantage point, Tate got to see Winged Victory from an angle most people don't. How's it looking from up there?

"It looks good," he said.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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