D.C. Capitol Ornament
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- Made in Oak Park, Illinois
- 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 inches
- Printed onto layers of colorful sheet glass using fine enamels
- Each piece is unique and one of a kind
The United States Capitol is among the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. Exclusively designed for the National Archives Store, this wonderful glass ornament of the Capitol is a wonderful keepsake and holiday decoration.
The U.S. Capitol was built atop Jenkins' Hill, now often referred to as "Capitol Hill," in 1793. In accordance with the "Residence Act" passed by Congress in 1790, President Washington in 1791 selected the area that is now the District of Columbia to serve as the nation's capital. French engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant was charged with planning the new city of Washington. He located the U.S. Capitol Building at the elevated east end of the National Mall. The site was, in L'Enfant's words, "a pedestal waiting for a monument." As the country grew, so did Capitol Hill, with the construction of buildings housing the Congress, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Botanic Garden.
Kiku fused glass is modern and distinctive artwork. Each piece is handmade by Laurie Freivogel. Each is burned onto a screen, printed onto layers of colorful sheet glass using fine enamels, then fused in a kiln to about 1400 degrees, followed by some cold work finishing and potentially another round in the kiln.