Progress of the State (Quadriga)

Daniel Chester French
Edward Potter




South Capitol Drum Terrace (Exterior)

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Visitors can see the sculpture up-close only on guided tours from April through October (weather permitting). Not wheelchair accessible. There are 63 steps on a tight metal staircase to reach the Quadriga.

The gleaming gold sculpture at the base of the Capitol's dome is officially known as the Progress of the State, but usually referred to as "The Quadriga." The four-horse chariot and figures are made of sheets of gilded copper hammered around a steel frame. It features four figures — the male figure driving the chariot represents the state, two female figures portray Minnesota agriculture and industry, and the four horses represent earth, fire, water and wind. The Quadriga can be seen from outside the building.