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The Lincoln Bench sits in front of the Kentucky Building. An inviting space for visitors and students to sit for a moment to reflect on Kentucky history. Unveiled on October 10, 2008, the statue and bench were created by sculptor Gary Lee Price. The sculpture's dimensions are 58"h x 70"w x 60"d. It weighs 475 pounds.
- I created the towering 6'4" Lincoln in repose, enjoying a few minutes of reflection
as he is about to address the nation with 272 of the most memorable, powerful words
ever uttered; the Gettysburg Address. He followed Edward Everett, the greatest orator
of the time, who delivered a lengthy 2 hour discourse. Everett wrote Lincoln the next
day of the 10 sentence speech, "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I
came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in the two hours, as you did in
two minutes." Lincoln not only helped dedicate a National Cemetery, he rallied our
young nation to "a new birth of freedom and that our government of the people, by
the people, and for the people should not perish from the earth."
- Lincoln's high hat was necessary for his frequent journeys. It served him as a desk
and he was often seen jotting down ideas and placing his notes inside the lining.
- From the beginning his insatiable thirst for knowledge served him well. Books meant
everything to Lincoln and at one time he even was quoted as saying, "My best friend
is the man who'll get me a book I aint read."I portrayed Abe with an inviting smile-
contrary to most solemn photographs. He loved to tell jokes and was known for his
hearty laugh. He loved people, often greeting them with a "howdy, howdy", followed
by a two handed clasp of friendship.
- I invite you to sit with and get to know even better this amazingly simple and yet
complex man that was our 16th president.