PHOTO: Lincoln washed at midday
Restoration specialist Chad Shores, of EverGreene Architectural Arts, cleans the “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” statue on the south side of the West Virginia Capitol on Thursday. Inspired by a 1914 poem of the same name by Vachel Lindsay, the statue was conceived by Fairmont sculptor Fred Torrey, whose 29-inch bronze sculpture was displayed at the 1939 World’s Fair, in New York. Torrey’s original now stands in the West Virginia State Museum. Charleston’s Bernard Wiepper was commissioned to cast this 9½-foot statue based on the original by Torrey, who died in 1967. Wiepper’s creation was dedicated on June 20, 1974, the Mountain State’s 111th anniversary. EverGreene Architectural Arts, out of New York City, is cleaning, repairing and refinishing the statue and making repairs to the pedestal. The group also is working on the Liberty Bell, in the north plaza. Five monuments on the Capitol Complex are to be restored and revitalized, state officials said.