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Visiting our parks? Discover sculpture installations, murals and a full series of artwork dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, and artwork of other significance placed along the riverbanks.
Lincoln comes to life, in the form of sculptures, along the Connecticut River. His early years and legacy are reflected through artists’ eyes.
Doris Kearns Goodwin helped launch our mobile tour of the sculpture walk on June 24, 2016. Ms. Goodwin, famed historian and presidential biographer, is the mobile tour narrator. In addition to sharing information about the artists, story about Lincoln, and excerpts from her book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Ms. Goodwin expressed delight in the relationship of the sculptures to stories about Lincoln and with the selected excerpts. Together, the information combines to provide great background and deeper insight into Lincoln, as his values continue to inspire integrity, hard work, perseverance, and humanism.
The Lincoln Sculpture Walk began with a $500,000 grant from Lincoln Financial in 2005. The Greater Hartford Arts Council, Lincoln Financial, Riverfront Recapture collaborated to design a sculpture walk in Riverfront’s parks system. In a nationwide call for entries, a panel of local art aficionados, representatives from Lincoln Financial and Riverfront Recapture reviewed submissions from accomplished artists around the country and selected 16 works for this permanent public art exhibit. The final sculpture was installed in 2011. The sculptures continued to draw attention, but with limited space on the plaques, not enough information is conveyed. In 2013 and 2014, we worked with Lincoln Financial and trained docents to share knowledge about the sculptures, Lincoln’s life, and the artists with you. The docents enjoyed their time representing Lincoln in this fun and unique way, on sculpture walk days. The next logical step, so that people could explore the sculptures at any time, was to develop a mobile tour and to work with Ms. Goodwin on narration.
The sixteen works installed on the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk are:
Right to Rise, Don Gummer (2010)
Tête á Tête, Howard Fromson (2006)
Lincoln Meets Stowe, Bruno Lucchesi (2006)
Toward Union Lines, Preston Jackson (2007)
Frontier Life, Neil Goodman (2008)
Secession, Virginia Seeley/Neighborhood Arts Studios (2006)
Jack, Philip Grausman (2008)
Perseverance, Darrell Petit (2008)
Steamer, Jonathan Kirk (2007)
Union, Peter Chinni (2006)
Emancipation, Preston Jackson (2006)
Equality, Del Geist (2007)
The Circuit Rider, Peter Busby (2008)
A Welcome Conversation, Dan Sottile (2007)
Transcontinental, Carole Eisner (2008)
Career Column, Gar Waterman (2007)
In addition to the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk at Riverfront, the parks are home to many other sculptures and murals created by artists from across America offering a wide variety of styles and creativity. From Clyde Lynd's "Quenticut," to James Knittle's "Heightened Body," the parks offer public sculptures in make different forms and wide-ranging appeal.