5th APEC III stereo view exchange - Dan Shelley

Abraham Lincoln Memorial

The gigantic seated Abraham Lincoln sculpture was the climax of Daniel Chester French's career. It is 19 feet tall and is made of 28 separate blocks of Georgia White marble which rest on a pedestal of Tennessee marble. It was designed and carved between 1914 and 1919 and cost over $61,000. In 1922 he said "What I wanted to convey was the mental and physical strength of the great war president and his confidence in his ability to carry the thing through to a successful finish."

To depict Lincoln as a powerful war president, French designed Lincoln to sit in a curule chair like those used by Roman leaders. His arms rest on the chair arms that are adorned with fasces, likewise classical symbols of authority. The flag of the Union is draped over the back of the chair. Lincoln has one hand clenched in a fist and the other open.

Above the statue the words: "In this Temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever". As the 16th president of the United States (1861-65), he guided his country through the most devastating experience in its national history--the Civil War. He is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president.

Taken 05/1997 with a Minolta Freedom-Tele 35mm camera using Kodak Gold ASA 200 print film.

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