While Darren Husband poured over Capitol blueprints to reconstruct an accurate floor plan, his father used a computer program to build a detailed and lifelike model of the structure.
They subsequently spent a week carving the substructure before handing it over to Lane, who added details like columns, railing and windows made from icing.
Lane had researched those details for weeks, collecting pictures and details about Capitol decor, Darren Husband said.
He said Lane managed to incorporate details, including the detailed gold inlay on the done and a small plaque that one can see only from pictures.
"It's pretty incredible," Husband said.
In a news release from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office, Lane said, "I studied the Capitol's architecture as a history major and have been in and around this marvelous building many times. But studying the details of every corner, every symbol, and every shape -- and their place in the building's overall design -- has changed the way I look at it. It is truly an awe-inspiring structure."
Although the Styrofoam Capitol structure is inedible, Lane used chocolate and vanilla cake to make the lawn.
The public can get a piece of cake anytime from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Culture Center, which will house the cake throughout the celebrations.
On Thursday alone, the Sesquicentennial Commission expects to hand out about 5,000 pieces of cake.
"It's something that people are going to be talking about for a long time," Ruby said.
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