The Abraham Lincoln Pylon in Detroit, Michigan

Lincoln Pylon in Downtown Detroit

Lincoln Pylon in Downtown Detroit

 

Close-up of Lincoln

Close-up of Lincoln

 

 

Lincoln carving on East Jefferson, Detroit

Lincoln carving on East Jefferson, Detroit

One of several (six in total, I think) pillars located in downtown Detroit at the site of the former Veterans Memorial building, this Lincoln work of art must surely go unnoticed by all but a few. For one thing, it’s located back from East Jefferson so people walking along the street wouldn’t notice it. For another thing, the work itself is hard to make out from a distance. But there it is! Abraham Lincoln with Generals Grant and Lee pictured below Abe’s feet.  I think the work is made from marble. However, as I stood in front of it examining it’s features, it seemed that time and weather had caused some overall fading. Is that possible with marble? I don’t imagine that anyone or any organization would take responsibilty to do some restoration work on it. So there it is. I still enjoyed the sight of it very much. It seems to me that the artist wanted to show a united nation following the Civil War-and specifically Lincoln’s role in that outcome.
Not far from that Lincoln Pylon is Borglum’s head of Lincoln. I’ve made several posts in the past about the need for repair of Lincoln’s nose. So, while I was there, I took a few steps closer to the Borglum piece to see if there had been any work done on it. Sadly, the work on Lincoln’s nose still remains undone.
Borglum's Lincoln still awaits repair in Detroit

Borglum's Lincoln still awaits repair in Detroit

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4 Responses to “The Abraham Lincoln Pylon in Detroit, Michigan”

  1. Dave says:

    bill, where exactly are these pylons in downtown Detroit? Can you give me some street intersections?

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    it is reminiscent of some relief sculptures on the state capital in Lincoln, Nebraska by sculptor Lee Lawrie. He is most famous for his work on Rockefeller Center. He did the Atlas holding the World that is so famous.

  3. B. Nash says:

    It’s an unusual piece!

  4. Dave Wiegers says:

    Guess I’ll come to Detroit and see this and the Segesmn in the library.

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