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Lincoln sculpture gets a face lift

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By Jimmie Earls

It was hard to miss all the attention the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was getting last week at the Washington County Judicial Center in Springfield, especially when you see someone taking a blow torch to the bronze piece of art. But heating up America’s most-beloved president was actually a way of making sure Honest Abe will be around for many years to come.

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“There was a substance coming out of the sculpture,” said Kathy Elliott, a member of the Lincoln sculpture selection committee. “We had a consultant come in from Cincinnati and look at the sculpture, and in his opinion, it was oil. It was coming from the inside out, so we think it got there while in the foundry. He has checked all of their other work and this is the only piece they’ve had trouble with.”

For the complete story, see this week's Springfield Sun!