Friday, January 23, 2009
Some winter photos of Portland's Lincoln statue, in the South Park Blocks just north of the spooky Teddy Roosevelt statue I just posted about. We're in luck this time around, in that Portland Public Art has a nice detailed post all about the statue and the sculptor, and the Smithsonian inventory has an entry for Ol' Abe as well. When I say we are fortunate, I mean I'm fortunate in not having to research the thing from scratch, and you're fortunate in that the research was done by actual experts rather than little ol' me. So everybody wins, I guess.
The statue is mentioned in a thread here, someone says it's one of their favorites despite being super-traditional. Somebody else says there's an identical copy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but that turns out not to be true. The Milwaukee Lincoln uses the same basic pose -- tall, a bit gaunt, lost in thought, and gloomy -- but it was done by a different guy. So it would be more accurate to say that both statues resemble Lincoln, which should come as no surprise to anyone.