SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
Government Buildings
Illustrating the international esteem Abraham Lincoln evokes, this bronze bust
was donated in 2005 to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library by sisters Vjolla
and Aferdita Tafaj of Tirana, Albania.  The women have converted their Tirana
home into the Lincoln Center of Albania.
The artist Makism Bushi is a school teacher in Lushnja, Albania, and an
instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana where he received his training
as a sculptor.  Some of his other works include a sculpture of the Albanian
president Alfred Moisiu which is in the presidential palace and figures of other
national patriots in different Albanian cities.  Born in 1948, Bushi completed the
Lincoln bust in 2004.