No. 174 – Lincoln Statue

Prog 1821’s (2013) Judge Dredd cover by Brian BollandAbraham Lincoln statue (1920) designed by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931)

Lincoln in 1863

Located in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., and designed by Daniel Chester French and carved by the Piccirilli Brothers*, the enormous Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) statue weighs 170 tonnes, is composed of 28 blocks of white Georgia marble, and rises 9.1 m (30 feet) from the floor, including the 5.8 m (19-foot) seated figure (including armchair and footrest) upon an 3.4 m (11-foot) high pedestal.

The arms of the circular, ceremonial chair bear fasces** [which sometimes includes an axe], a classical Roman symbol of authority borrowed from Etruscan civilisation (c.700 BC–late 4th century BC) – not fascism, which first appeared in the mid-20th century under Benito Mussolini’s (1883–1945) Partito Nazionale Fascista (PNF) [National Fascist Party] which infamously appropriated the fasces as its logo.

*Attilio (1866–1945), Getulio (1874–1956), Ferruccio (1864–date of death unknown), Furio (1868–1949), Masaniello (1870–1951) and Orazio [Horatio] (1872–1954)
**from the Latin fascis, meaning “bundle” – the symbol representing strength through unity; a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is very difficult to break

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