Glinting in a pink sunrise, a pair of gilders climb out onto Colorado's shiny gold Capitol Dome.
In March of 2013, gold mined in Cripple Creek and Victor was shipped to Italy to be rolled into the leaf now shining above Denver's Capitol Hill.
Suspended by climbing harnesses in the warm morning, their task is to put the finishing touches on a project that began nearly three years ago. They are cleaning up any spots or imperfections that occurred during the construction project.
Under the rappelling gilders' feet, the cast iron structure of the dome is also newly restored.
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The gold is just 1/8,000 of a millimeter thick, but a copper base plate provides additional strength underneath.