Friday afternoon, the Hoosier Youth Statue in front of Lincoln Financial Group on Harrison Street received a cleaning. Â As you know, the statue was installed in 1932 and dedicated on September 16, 1932. Â The statue has been well cared for and absolutely shines in the sunlight.Â
I was recently contacted byÂ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Â They are preparing for a re-installation of it’s American collection. Â One of the works to be featured is a portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln prepared by Paul Manship as a study for the above statue. Â They will be using one of my photos to show the finished statue in situ.
The conversation in arranging for the above photo reminded me that I have an original program from the Dedication Ceremony. Â At some point over the next week, I will try to get this scanned and uploaded to the web. Â In the meantime, here’s two pieces of trivia from the program (are you paying attention Joe?):
- “The key to Lincoln’s age as he appears in this bronze is found in the acorns scattered over the oak log on which he rests. Â They number twenty-one.”
- “Mr. Manship purchased the hound dog reproduced in the group while in Kentucky, and took it to Paris where it was used as a living model.”
Paul Manship Wiki page