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Symbolic guardians of the Capitol are back

Symbolic guardians of the Capitol are back

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(KSL News) Lions are once again guarding the Utah State Capitol.

Many Utahns remember the four lions posted at the east and west entrances to the Utah State Capitol.

Workers today began installing the first two new lions sculptures specifically commissioned as part of the Utah State Capitol restoration project.

These lions have been given the symbolic names of Fortitude and Integrity. Their counterparts, named Honor and Patience, will join them when they are placed at the west entrance sometime this autumn.

The original lions were created in 1915 and repaired in 1977. Weather deteriorated the original creatures, which were made of cement, so new sculptures were commissioned.

The new lions are made of Italian marble.

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