Solidity and stability. The square frontal view of the sculpture combined with the somber tones of the collage convey the quiet strength of the man who was head of state during the dark days of the Civil War. Just as French captured Lincolnís thoughtful character in his colossal marble sculpture, Danny O evokes the spirit of this grave American icon. Black often connotes a formality, seriousness, or gravity, and those qualities contribute to this moving portrait of Honest Abe, the man who bore the burden of the American consciousness through rebellion, emancipation, hard-fought reunion and a brief celebration of success. Countless artists and authors have pictured the Lincoln Memorial and written about its impact on them and others, testifying to the importance of this national symbol created by architect Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French.