Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is getting in on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations. I came across this photo in today’s USA Today, which has a brief description about the impersonator and the half-size replica of the famous statue from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This news release from the Chicago Airport System tells a little more about the exhibit. The sculptor is Fran Volz. The replica statue measures 10 1/2 feet tall by 9 feet wide and is carved from recyclable material. This photo was taken at Terminal 2 of the airport, but no information was given if the statue is going to remain there or be moved to other locations at the airport. The article also fails to mention the duration of the exhibit.
Chicago of course has a long history of association with the real president Lincoln. It hosted the 1860 Republican convention where Lincoln became the surprise nominee for president. It also hosted one of his funerals, on May 1, 1865.
So if you find yourself at Terminal 2 of O’Hare Airport, be sure to stop and take a look at Abe.