Chicago Sculptor Replaces Missing Sword On Lincoln's Tomb

By Amy Cavanaugh in News on May 13, 2012 3:00PM

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Lincoln's Tomb [Bob & Mary]
Last fall, a teenager climbed up the statue of Civil War soldiers that sits on top of Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield and swiped a 3 foot copper sword. The sword, which was later recovered, was a copper replica of the original bronze sword, which was stolen in 1890.

Perhaps the third time's the charm for the sword, which has been replaced by Chicago sculptor Marshall Svendsen of True Form Productions. The Art Institute of Chicago grad volunteered to make a replacement, and he took broken pieces of the recovered sword and made silicone molds of them to help make the sculpture. The new sword is made of bronze.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield has a video of Svendsen installing the sword: