Abe Arrives in Crown Point, IN



The 36′ monumental sculpture of Abraham Lincoln talking with the common man about the famous Gettysburg Address, has arrived in the state where our 16th President was born.  The sculpture by Seward Johnson is titled Return Visit.   The 272 word speech, which ran less than three minutes, was delivered in 1863, and is still considered the greatest and most influential statement of national purpose.  This unique and inspirational exhibit will rise above the city at the CP Sportsplex, through to the end of the year (2016).

The people of Crown Point, Indiana also welcomed twelve life-size bronze sculptures with great excitement.  These works are from artist Seward Johnson’s series, “Celebrating the Familiar”, which draws attention to every day activities, and “Icons Revisited”, which highlights famous images from popular culture. Included in the exhibition are the delightful Forever Marilyn, and figures reading poetry books, sharing newspapers, and having conversations.  There is even someone helping keep the streets pristine by tossing out litter.  A favorite Johnson piece titled God Bless America, an homage to painter Grant Wood’s farmer couple (American Gothic) with their notably serious expressions and a pitchfork, can also be seen. The bronze sculptures have been installed throughout downtown Crown Point, between Court and Main, for the “Art In Point” public art project.

After visiting with Marilyn Monroe, look over the shoulder of the woman in Captured, or stroll with the “Ambassador of the Streets” and her dog on the southeast corner of the Historic Crown Point Courthouse. The exhibit will be in beautiful downtown through November 1, 2016.  Don’t miss it!

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