Lincoln Topiary Sculpture
Macomb will soon move to the “head” of the field of Lincoln attractions as the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly announces the creation and erection of a unique sculpture honoring and commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s connection to our community. To draw new visitors to our Historic Downtown, MACVB is collaborating with WIU Assistant Professor of Art, Duke Oursler, in the design and creation of an original sculpture which the City of Macomb has agreed to permanently erect on the lawn of City Hall.
The outsized bust will be approximately 15 feet high and 8 feet wide with a mixed media construction of durable cast stone and steel. Most interestingly, this work will feature a unique topiary aspect in which the 16th president’s beard will consist of flowers and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world. According to MACVB Executive Director Jock Hedblade, “This unusual and creative design element will reflect Abraham Lincoln’s change from the clean-shaven Senate candidate who was photographed in Macomb to the bearded president who saved the Union. That is an important part of our local Lincoln story that many here have never known.”
MACVB is excited to coordinate this project with Macomb Rotary’s 100th anniversary on April 18, 2020.
This new addition is a creation of the MACVB and a key part of the office’s three phase Permanent Attraction Initiative which includes the ongoing murals project, initiating Macomb as an official Looking for Lincoln community and formally establishing Macomb as the birthplace of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie, the recognized inventor of Monopoly, arguably the world’s most popular board game.
The project will be managed by MACVB with Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary Club’s and the Macomb Beautiful Association‘s assistance in the maintenance and upkeep of the topiary portions of the sculpture.