In Gettysburg, Pa., or Palm Springs, iconic statues stand tall
Honest, Abe Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe have something in common: sculptor J. Seward Johnson, whose work pops up all over the world. Monroe's 26-foot-tall statue is in Palm Springs. Los Angeles Times staff writer Christopher Reynolds wrote about the whooshing-skirt statue and about Johnson's other works in an article in November. On a recent trip to Gettysburg, Pa., I came across another Johnson, called "Return Visit." It depicts President Lincoln and a modern-day guy -- and points to something a little more serious. The Pennsylvania town is preparing to mark the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest battle ever fought on U.S. soil and of the historic speech that followed 4 1/2 months later.
-- Catharine M. Hamm