David B. Wiegers: Photographer of Lincoln Statues and Monuments

Lincoln statue at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. Photo by David B.Wiegers

Lincoln statue at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. Photo by David B.Wiegers

 

Since starting this Lincoln Blog in November 2009, I’ve had the honor of communicating with wonderful people from all walks of life-including folks like David B. Wiegers. He has left many insightful and informative comments to several of the blog postings. He makes no bones about the fact that he loves Lincoln. He gave me permission to make a posting about him and his fantastic photographs of Lincoln statuary (see the photo above). He not only photographs the Lincoln statues, but he also gives details about the works. About the statue in the photo he relates:

It is a “lesser known statue of Lincoln at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. It is a fascinating work. It is one of the largest statues of Lincoln. The material it is made of is concrete amd resin and is called Kellstone . The sculptor is a Korean artist named Yon Sim Pak. He is deceased. The statue was dedicated in June of 1992.

Lincoln stands nearly 20 feet tall and the entire work weighs close to 25 tons. Pak worked on it for 3 1/2 years.

Lincoln stands in the midst of a Civil War landscape littered with battle debris. He holds a Bible and a broken shackle is draped over his hand. Four chrubs fly behind him holding up a drape. An eagle holds up the middle of the drape.

The battlefield debris includes human skulls and bones, broken wheels, cannon balls, sabres, a bugle and a Confederate flag. A cross-shapred grave marker bears the inscription”Unknown soldier” is located near Lincoln’s right foot.”

 His photo website notes that Mr. Wiegers is a “Lincoln buff” who: 

“has had an abiding interest in Abraham Lincoln since his parents packed him and his 5 brothers and sisters in the family’s Ford station wagon for a trip to visit Mr. Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield in the early 1960’s. Coupling his long time love of photography with his near obsession to photograph the entire body of Lincoln sculptures and monuments, Wiegers’ spent 5 years and drove and flew thousands of miles across 35 states photographing and researching all the images of Lincoln that he could discover. His 30th anniversary vacation to Hawaii in 2007 was scheduled so that he could photograph a statue near Honolulu.

Wiegers’ photographs of Lincoln statues have been seen in Summers with Lincoln by Jim Percoco (Fordham University Press, 2008, pages 100-109). American Art Review Magazine featured 21 of Wiegers’ full color pictures in the August 2008 issue of the publication. The photographs were used as illustrations to Jim Percoco’s article Public Sculptures of Abraham Lincoln. Most recently50+ pages of  Wiegers’ photographs appeared in the new book Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois by John Hoffman. ”

As a fellow “student” of Lincoln and Lincoln statuary, I want to encourage all of you to check out the websites below-

Great Wiegers photos of Lincoln statues:

http://dbwiegers.zenfolio.com/

For an interactive map showing locations and pictures of the statues photographed by Wiegers:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/lookingforlincoln/interactives/maps/interactive-map-lincoln-statues-across-the-country/187/

 

As always, I appreciate especially those in the “Lincoln world” that strive through their work to keep Lincoln’s legacy alive and strong. Great job Dave!

 

 

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3 Responses to “David B. Wiegers: Photographer of Lincoln Statues and Monuments”

  1. Mickel says:

    I just wanted to add that the ‘drape’ that the chrubes are holding is actually an American Flag. I just visited this statue yesterday and was amazed at the size and dramatic presence it has. I found your site by looking for info on Mr. Pak. Thanks for posting.

  2. B. Nash says:

    Thanks Dave! I appreciate the work, interest, and passion you do and have for all things Lincoln. You are a friend to this blog and to all who honor him. I did make spelling corrections when I found the need! I look forward to visiting your blog often.
    Bill

  3. Dave Wiegers says:

    Thanks for the kind words. You can catch my new blog called Lincolning at:
    http://lincolnphotog.blogspot.com/

    I just started this week but hope to post at least a couple of times a month.

    One thing I need to work on is my typeing and proofreading.

    Happy Lincolning!!

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