SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
Government Buildings
The Day Before the Decisive Battle
On June 10, 2009 the sculpture “The Day Before the
Decisive Battle” was presented to the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) by Chinese
Deputy Consul General Chu Maoming on behalf of the
Chinese government.  The 44 inch tall 80 pound bronze
was created by world renowned Chinese artist
Xikun.  It is among 50 that the artist has created to depict
people who have made great contributions to human

Yuan Xikun released the following description of the
sculpture that is housed in the Library: “Lincoln’s
forehead shows his creativity and intelligence; his
eyesight reflects wisdom and determination.  He is a man
of great breadth of mind, and as a leader this helped to
better apply his broad philosophies and theories to practice.  In addition to his
faithful and unyielding spirit, he led a nation through the darkest period in U.S.
history.  The splendid intangible heritage Lincoln left behind is a great fortune for all

During the presentation ceremony Jan Grimes, Interim Executive Director of
ALPLM, said, “Abraham Lincoln is one of the most recognized and respected
Americans in world history, and we are pleased to accept this latest testament to
his enduring legacy from the People’s Republic of China.”