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Bronze Sandburg statue in Galesburg almost ready


Updated: October 1, 2013 2:40PM

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Work is almost done on a massive, 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Carl Sandburg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet who was born in Galesburg.

The $250,000 statue, which is being paid for with private donations, will be erected in the western Illinois community’s public square.

The piece — depicting Sandburg with a guitar on his back, his books in one hand, along with his pet goat — was commissioned by the Galesburg Public Arts Commission and is being designed by artist Lonnie Stewart. It’s being assembled at Hot Scotsmen Fine Arts Foundry in north Peoria.

Chuck Bednar, president of the Galesburg Public Arts Commission, said the group has raised most of the money for the project since 2010, but is still collecting donations.

“We’re going to make it, we’re committed,” he said. “I really think it’s going to have a national significance.”

Bednar said officials hope to have a reception later this month to unveil the piece, which will be installed later on a 6-foot pedestal.

Sandburg, who was born in Galesburg in 1878, wrote volumes about President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and was a folk singer, too.

He died in 1967.

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