The National Gallery of Art is joining the Lincoln exhibition bandwagon by showing the heaviest and tallest artifact of them all.
The gallery plans to announce today that it will display the 1,000-pound model of the statue that sits in the Lincoln Memorial. Created by Daniel Chester French in the summer of 1916, this plaster form became the basis of the marble statue, now the iconic backdrop to speeches, concerts, movie scenes and family snapshots.
Starting Feb. 12 and continuing for one year, the gallery will show the six-foot-high model of the statue, and also the original wood model of the Lincoln Memorial by Henry Bacon. The exhibition, called “Designing the Lincoln Memorial: Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon,” will be in the West Building and contain illustrations about the objects, the artists and a history of the memorial over the years.