- Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new sculpture honoring the 16th U.S. president is coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Museum officials announced plans last week for the “Beacon of Endurance” piece, designed by B.J. Krivanek. He described the sculpture in a statement as standing 24 feet, 10 inches tall.

Renderings of the piece show an obelisk, with a base inscribed with quotes from Lincoln and a stainless-steel upper portion inscribed with words describing Lincoln. Members of an advisory panel will weigh in on which words to include, and the museum also plans to take ideas from the public through social media.

Officials plan to place the sculpture outside the museum. Renderings show that the piece includes projections of key words onto the southeast corner of the building’s exterior at night.

“We are excited to bring this important work to our site,” said Lance Tawzer, exhibits director at the museum. “The sculpture will identify the museum to people approaching from the east and, more importantly, inspire reflection and discussion about Lincoln for generations to come.”

The work is expected to cost $223,000 and will be paid for by the Illinois Capital Development Board’s Art-in-Architecture program, the Springfield Journal-Register reported.

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