Outside Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Gutzon Borglum’s famous head of Lincoln serves as a centerpiece. Fortunately, it’s placed in a spot that serves as the perfect photograph opportunity for visitors at the site. I don’t know if it’s placement where it is was intentional, but it certainly is a “draw” for the crowd. In fact, you’ll notice that Mr. Lincoln’s nose (which was quite prominent in life) still has a “shine” to it unmatched by the rest of the piece. I can only guess that the “shine” on Lincoln’s nose has resulted from people touching it for years. Probably the oil on human skin has caused it? Of course, in an art gallery any touching of a work of art is a “no-no.” I guess in this particular venue it’s considered okay. At any rate, Lincoln’s nose is an attraction! I think Gutzon Borglum would be pleased. On a deeper level, it’s interesting that people want to touch it. Are they feeling some connection to Lincoln when they touch it? Is there some “good luck charm” thing associated with doing so? Have I touched it? Of course! I think Lincoln would consider the matter very funny. He was well aware that he had an “interesting” nose-probably considered it not attractive. As far as picking Lincoln’s nose-well that’s a bit much. Some some respect for Lincoln and Borglum-just rub it!