Ed Hamilton Sculpture - Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial Waterfront Park
The Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park is a memorial site developed by the City of Louisville as a part of the national observance of the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. The Lincoln sculpture and accompanying reliefs were create by nationally renowned artist Ed Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is the creator of a number of public art works, most notably the "Spirit of Freedom", a memorial sculpture of African American Civil War troops in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial includes a 12-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln looking out over the Ohio River accompanied by four bas reliefs (stone sculpture made by chipping away from a flat surface to make a picture that stands out) that illustrate four scenes representing stories of Lincoln’s life-long ties to Kentucky. The beautifully tree-lined memorial site includes an amphitheater, engraved with four famous Lincoln quotes, that faces the river and provides a frame for the sculptural pieces.
The memorial is free to the public and is open year-round during Park hours, 6:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. daily