Beacon of Endurance


Client: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Location: Springfield, IL, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $220,000

Project Team


BJ Krivanek

Krivanek+Breaux/ Art+Design


Joel Breaux

Krivanek+Breaux/ Art+Design

Public Art Agent

Illinois Capital Development Board


Abrahman Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum


This sitework symbolizes and articulates Abraham Lincoln’s significance to American life and culture. The obelisk-like form is slightly tilted, to suggest human and constitutional traumas and vulnerabilities. Its materiality bridges from the industrial strength of weathered steel rooted in the land, to the impervious stainless steel of its upper form—reaching skyward. At nighttime, the artform will transform through illumination and the projection of societal ideals and issues onto the Museum walls, to become a beacon of American endurance through decades of history, that is still unfolding. Dimensions: 16’-3”W x 24’-10”H x 15’D