A gigantic statue of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was installed on Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River Downtown Tuesday early morning. Installed at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue, the statue shows Lincoln handing a copy of the Gettysburg Address to a modern-day man. Coincidence or not, the installation comes exactly a week from the presidential elections on Nov. 8.
The statue stands 25 feet tall and was hauled up with cranes. Next to the Lincoln statue is another life-size figure representing the common man, dressed in beige corduroy pants, sneakers and a cream-colored cable-knit sweater. The two bronze statues of public art were built over three years. It was first hoisted in New Jersey in 2014. Before it arrived in Chicago, it was last put up on display in Crown Point, Indiana. Abraham Lincoln’s monumental bronze statue will remain in Chicago until end of 2017.