Something really big is coming to Peoria next week – the first of its kind to visit Central Illinois – and just in time to herald the Illinois Bicentennial, which will be celebrated through an exhibition next February at Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Sept. 19, a 31-ft. tall, 19-ton painted bronze entitled “Return Visit” (2014) will be installed in spectacular fashion off the museum’s Sun Plaza at ground level, next to Water Street. The sculpture, which depicts President Abraham Lincoln and a contemporary man holding the Gettysburg address, was created by American realist Seward Johnson II and is on loan from the Seward Johnson Foundation for one year.
Peoria Riverfront Museum will hold an installation celebration on Sept. 19, 11 a.m., which is free and open to the public. The event will be broadcast live on Facebook.