Inspired – The Lincoln Statue2.12.2015 | 12:25 pm
Today, February 12th, we pause to reflect on the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1809. As one of the most accomplished and celebrated Presidents in our nations history, Abraham Lincoln is memorialized in sculpture at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
The entire composition stands at a towering thirty feet. Atop an eleven foot tall pedestal is the nineteen foot seated figure of the sixth President with an American flag draped over the back of his Ceremonial chair. The sculpture was carved from twenty-eight blocks of white Georgia Marble, quarried in Tate, GA, and weighs in at over 170 tons. Designed and sculpted by Daniel Chester French and carved by the renowned Piccirilli Brothers of New York, the massive sculpture was formally dedicated on May 30th of 1922.
Daniel Chester French’s studio and summer home, Chesterwood, is a designated National Historic Landmark in Stockbridge, MA. Several iterations and early formations of Lincoln are displayed among French’s other famous works.
Piccirilli Brothers on Lincoln Statue – photo courtesy of http://www.nps.gov/linc/historyculture/lincoln-memorial-design-individuals.htm