Johnson’s 30′ tall monumental “Return Visit,” of Abraham Lincoln talking with the modern-day man about the Gettysburg Address, has been installed at the Riverfront Museum in Peoria.
The sculpture’s presence will help anchor an exhibit at the museum launching in February 2018 on the state’s 200th birthday, with exhibits on and words from 200 Illinois citizens.
“Given that Lincoln gave one his most important speeches here in Peoria, it’s a good thing to celebrate him,” PRM President and CEO John Morris says. “There are a lot of lessons about Lincoln the are still fresh and relevant today.”
The sculpture’s display is also intended as a salute to Peoria public art advocates Harriet Swager and her late husband, architect Gene Swager.