So after seeing the Lincoln Tomb from the outside, we all want to see the inside. The Tomb is in Springfield, Illinois on the North side of town. As you enter you see a large bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln sitting much like he is in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. This is not where he is buried, but a pre-chamber.
Right in the middle of downtown Springfield, Illinois there is a giant park with a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and a huge grand central train station. This station was restored and rebuilt recently but is no longer an active train station having the tracks removed and streets paved over in front if it. It now houses a giant exhibit from the Spielberg movie “Lincoln” which you can tour.
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We are at the huge stone State Capital Building in Springfield, Illinois. At the very front of the building we are looking up at the columned area where there is a large statue in bronze of Stephen A. Douglas in the most prominent position. This is the city of Abraham Lincoln and at the state capitol Lincoln first ran against Stephen Douglas and lost. This was before he ran for president and caused him to firm his resolve in politics and run again to famously win the presidency.
At the Greycliff Estate by Frank Lloyd Wright on the cliffs of Lake Erie they had an original statue in bronze that was returned to the estate. Here it is in two views:
At the end of the very long (189 foot) hallway at the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY is a Conservatory. This was a very fancy green house with a sophisticated heating system and venting windows at the top. It had many Frank Lloyd Wright touches in it including a statue from a famous sculptor. The now plaster cast of the sculpture is of “Winged Nike” or “The Winged Victory of Samothrace“. The original disappeared or was destroyed when the Darwin Martin house was abandoned in the 1930’s. This copy was made from the same form the original was cast from.
For more on the statue origins see the link: Winged Nike
The original conservatory was demolished in 1967 to make some very poorly designed apartment complexes and at the same time the long hallway or Pergola was torn down. Both were reconstructed to original form in 2004 and 2007.
This statue of Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY was by Randolph Rogers 1859. It was one of the most popular sculptures in the 1800’s and was replicated over 167 times. Nydia was a character from a popular book “Last days of Pompeii” from 1834 which was about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Nydia is trying to lead two companions out of Pompeii even though she is blind. This photo shows a closeup of her hand and how thin it is with the light shining right through it.
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This bronze statue greets you on the side entrance to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida on the grounds of the Ringling Circus Museum. I could not find out what the name of this statue was even with a Google image search. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated. Note the wings seem to be made segmently and attached. I reflected this image and there is a hidden image of a ghost cat in it. If you can find the image, mention its location in the comments and you will win a free viewing of this image here on this blog. Void where prohibited.
Click on the image for a larger view please:
Hint: a closeup view of the ghost cat:
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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida on the grounds of the Ringling Circus Museum. The art shown here is traditional and nothing to do with the Circus. Circus exhibits and art is all on the other side of the Circus Museum. John and Mable Ringling collected art from all over the world in the 1920’s and wanted to have a large museum for everyone to enjoy. The building is “U” shaped and in the center outside is a huge sculpture garden. Here are four bronze statues that surround and become part of a fountain. I like the bronze turtles that are climbing up to the top.
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In a hidden area in the brush and woods near the edge of the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida there is an area I call the “Boneyard“. This is an area the Ringlings and the Circus Museum have stored retired statues and other marble and sandstone sculptures from decades ago. They had been stored there for future use or because they were too valuable to dispose of. Now trees have grown up around and through them leaving a very spooky area that is also beautiful. Here is a cherub on a pedestal that is laid out on its side and recently some boards were placed below to keep it from sinking into the earth.