According to an Abraham Lincoln statue that you’ll find inside a Los Angeles courthouse, America’s 16th president was at one time quite the looker. A dapper dude who knows how to flaunt his six-pack abs. Some might even call Babe-raham Lincoln a twink.
We have Zack Stentz to thank for the conversation currently happening on Twitter about this rather peculiar Abraham Lincoln statue. Stentz — who happens to be a novelist and screenwriter on a few of our favorite Marvel films, including Thor and X-Men: First Class — came across the statue while inside a federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
“Reminder that the Los Angeles federal courthouse has a statue of Abraham Lincoln where he’s a shirtless young stud suggestively tugging at his waistband like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model,” reads Stentz’s post, which we’ve posted below.
Reminder that the Los Angeles federal courthouse has a statue of Abraham Lincoln where he's a shirtless young stud suggestively tugging at his waistband like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model: pic.twitter.com/32bjqEERYi
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) February 20, 2019
And this Abraham Lincoln statue is indeed legit. It’s titled “Young Lincoln.”
Standing eight feet tall, made of limestone and created by James Hansen in 1939, it’s meant to depict a young, shirtless Lincoln holding a book. (The fact that he seems to be suggestively teasing his “treasure trail” is just an added bonus, I guess.)
The Abraham Lincoln statue was created as Hansen’s entry into an anonymous sculpture competition, available to artists west of the Mississippi River, and the art chosen would appear inside the Los Angeles Post Office and federal courthouse lobby.
The statue was also exhibited during the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It made its move to Los Angeles two years later. According to the statue’s information plaque, Hansen used himself as the model for the Abraham Lincoln statue, which is said to be Hansen’s “own interpretation.”
As tends to happen on Twitter, people have responded to the unusual statue with some perfect zingers. There have been a lot of puns — “The Gettysburg Undress,” “Honest Abs” — and the rather astute observation that the statue is clearly attempting to showcase Abraham Lincoln from his vampire hunter days.
Some raise another good point: this Abraham Lincoln statue could have very well helped people come to terms with their sexuality.
Others are wondering what’s taking The CW so long to create a series based on young Abe.
One Twitter user chimed in that there’s a “hot Abraham Lincoln statue” in Chicago, too! (Though the consensus has been that the statue, above, better resembles Tilda Swinton.)