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The Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently named the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza as the recipient of their 2009 Honor Award.
The Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza opened to the public in June 2009 at Lincoln State Park in Spencer County. Created by Fort Wayne Architect George Morrison and Fort Wayne bronze sculptor Will Clark, the plaza features a large circular plaza punctuated by limestone pedestals depicting key periods in the life of Abraham Lincoln during his formative years as well as a twice life size bust of President Lincoln.
In selecting the public art plaza for their Honor Award, the Fort Wayne AIA judges noted the plaza setting "captures Lincoln's heritage and childhood," as well as provides "dual-purpose, interactive features that appeal to people of all ages."
In early 2008, the Indiana Arts Commission, in partnership with the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Indiana Historical Bureau, launched a statewide call for artists to submit proposals for the public art project to mark the celebration of President Lincoln's 200th birthday.
The proposal was selected by the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission from 25 submitted by artists from across the state. The team received a $300,000 grant from the Bicentennial Commission to develop and install the piece.