Century Walk dedicated its 50th public art location, “Laughing Lincoln” in Central Park on December 2.

The bronze sculpture by David Alan Clark coincides with the State of Illinois 200th Anniversary as the 21st State of the Union.

The sculpture depicts one of Illinois’ most familiar sons, Abraham Lincoln, but in a way that is a bit less familiar. It shows a young Abe slapping his knee while telling one of his best stories.

Young Lincoln helped Naperville founder Joe Naper achieve his dream of having what is now DuPage County carved out and liberated from Cook County. In return, Joe Naper lent Lincoln crucial support he needed to achieve his dream of moving the State Capitol to Springfield.