Living Lincoln Topiary Monument
The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument is a 15 feet high and 8 feet wide bust of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It’s mixed media construction of durable cast stone and steel features a unique topiary aspect in which the 16th president’s beard consist of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world!
The monument was designed as the centerpiece of Unforgettable Forgottonia‘s Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour, which illustrates Abraham Lincoln‘s long and significant connection to Macomb and McDonough County.
Siting majestically on Macomb’s City Hall lawn this incredible bust of “Honest Abe” was the concept of artist and WIU professor Duke Oursler. The sculpture was created and constructed by Oursler with the assistance of artist Marc Moulton.
The project is managed by MACVB with Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary Club’s and the Macomb Beautiful Association‘s assistance in the maintenance and upkeep of the sculptures topiary aspect.
The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument was dedicated with an unveiling ceremony on Saturday August 29th, 2020. Through the Looking For Lincoln offices in Springfield, IL and the U.S. National Parks Service, Macomb was officially proclaimed an Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area on June 10th, 2021.