When it comes to commemorative sculptures, figural has it's place firmly established. No amount of abstraction, symbolism or minimalism can bring out the beauty and accuracy of a detailed figural sculpture. It can capture essence of one's character in one simple pose, and immortalize it for ages to come! Personally, I love figural sculptures!!!
While talking about figural, Lincoln Park has a fair share of these beautiful bronzes. The most famous is the "Abraham Lincoln Monument" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which has been designated the status of a Chicago Landmark. But there are many others which are absolutely beautiful. My personal favorite is the Shakespeare Monument..
Year Completed: 1887
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 12, 2001
Location: It's in the east end of the Lincoln Park Zoo overlooking the Cannon Drive.
Location: Lincoln Park: Grandmother's Garden..
Location: 2045 N. Lincoln Park West..
Location: Lincoln Park, west of Cannon Drive and east of the north end of North pond..
Location: Lincoln Park, near Sheridan Road at Belmost Ave. and N. Lakeshore Drive.
Sheridian [1831-88] is portrayed here as a commander of Army of the Shenandoah on Oct 19, 1864.