Giant Abe Lincoln sculpture stands up downtown in time for Election Day

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CHICAGO -- A giant Abraham Lincoln is standing up in downtown Chicago just in time for election day.

The enormous, lifelike sculpture "Return Visit" by artist Seward Johnson depicts Abraham Lincoln discussing the Gettysburg Address with what's described as a "contemporary man." Johnson produced the original human-scale sculpture to stand in the Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania, and the version in Chicago is an enlarged replica.  Chicagoans may remember the artist's early work, like "Forever Marilyn," which previously stood in the same location at 401 N. Michigan downtown.

"President Lincoln's character and accomplishments are imprinted forever on the nation he loved and served so well. He has been a hero to millions of people and certainly has inspired me throughout my life," Johnson said in a statement.

Paul M. Zeller, CEO of Zeller Realty Group, which brought the sculpture and Johnson's other works to Chicago, said they chose the work "to reinforce an emphasis on Honesty, not just here in Illinois but across the US, in the closing days of the Presidential election 2016."

Here's a picture of the original "Return Visit" posted to Twitter:

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