Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Angular Abe: Sit Inside Lincoln

An outdoor sculpture of bent, black steel creates a "negative space" outline of Abe Lincoln, complete with with stovepipe hat. Visitors can sit inside the cramped, skinny 16th President, perched on Abe's knees.
Address:
1 Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI
Directions:
Midtown, in front of the old train station. Just south of the railroad overpass, on the west side of RI-104/Main St..just north of its intersection with RI-122/High St. and Clinton St.
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Angular Lincoln.

Angular Abe: Lincoln Arrives

On March 8, 1860, presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln disembarked at the train station in Woonsocket and later delivered a speech. Rather than erect a run-of-the-mill plaque at the old Woonsocket Train Depot, the city collaborated with Tim Ferland of The Steel Yard to craft an abstract metal memorial. The black powder-coated steel is bent at drastic angles to create a cutout silhouette of the 16th President, including his iconic stovepipe hat. Its design invites visitors to step inside and be enveloped by Abstract Abe. The piece also bears a brief biography of Lincoln and recalls his Woonsocket connection. It was unveiled in July 2019.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 08/13/2019]

Visitors can also sit on the small platforms on either side, as if resting on Abe's knobby knees.

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