Lincoln 1860

Lincoln 1860

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Different Kind of Lincoln Statue

Back on July 5, I posted about an Abraham Lincoln "sculpture" made of cheese. Now here is one featuring a young Lincoln, this time carved from butter.

From this article in the Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register newspaper comes the story about the annual butter cow display at the Illinois State Fair. This year's display also includes Lincoln, yet another honor for his 200th birthday. The sculpture shows Lincoln as legend imagines him: reading while he has a cow to milk and wood to chop. The figure of Lincoln is nearly life-sized and shows him at the approximate age of 29, according to the sculptor, Sharon BuMann who lives in the state of New York. She primarily earns her living from working in bronze sculptures, but she also works on these butter carvings for state fairs in Texas, Kansas and of course in Illinois.

It took Ms. BuMann nine days to create this sculpture, working inside a display case kept at 34-36 degrees. She used up 90 pairs of rubber gloves and had to exit the case every couple of hours to warm up. Very interesting.

Why Lincoln? Because there's no one "butter" than Abe. Couldn't resist.


Josephus said...

Nice work. Lincoln loved reading as I do.

Abe Lincoln said...

A very original sculpture.

Une sculpture très originale.

Abigail said...

Pulling out all the stops this year, the butter cow was always a must see when I was a kid

Naim Peress said...

Dear Mr. Elliott,

This is very funny stuff. Thanks for posting it.

Naim Peress

Mini Choco-Pretzels said...

That is just crazy. Didn't Lincoln love griddle cakes? I remember hearing that quirky kernel somewhere. He'd have plenty of butter to slather them in, that's for sure!:D

KP Kollenborn said...

I doubt anyone in California would make anything out of butter, little alone a sculpture. This is why I love the Midwest.

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Abigail said...

We are taking Reflections to the dedication of the new Lincoln stature in Rockford, IL next weekend.

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