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The Cow in the Corn Sculpture - Lincoln, IL

A collaboration from two Lincoln, Illinois artists has produced a 22’ tall x 25’ wide sculpture located in down town Lincoln on the corner of Pulaski and Sangamon streets. Moses Pinkerton and Jason Hoffman of Logan County Arts erected the large steel sculpture with the help of heavy equipment in a downtown area park on July 20th of 2014 (coincidentally the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Moon walk). The “66” part of the sculpture was “originally loops there for nostrils”, but the 66 that emerged in the design was “an added kicker in promoting the idea to the city (of Lincoln),” according to Pinkerton. The park is located on one of two unmarked early routes of 66 in Lincoln, and is also home to the “Constellation” sculpture designed by Hoffman.

Pinkerton has been doing art for a relatively short time - six years. In 2012, he was instrumental in founding Logan County Arts and restored the old Odd Fellows building downtown into the Lincoln Art Institute that features periodic exhibits from its members. “I was fortunate to meet Jason (Hoffman), who shared same artistic view”. Pinkerton has a degree in philosophy, and also worked in meat processing industry 20 years, and the Chicago Board of Trade grain pits for 10 years. The cow sculpture was personal expression of mine, but also of significance for community and the livelihood of central Illinois”, reflected Pinkerton.

Hoffman obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis in sculpture from Illinois State University in 2005. “I committed my life to art when I was a sophomore/junior in college (1999). I could draw at an early age”, he said, adding that his parents supported his artistic passion. In the past couple years he has opened the Hoffman School of Sculpture in Lincoln.  Hoffman is also a wood shop teacher at the local high school and a wrestling coach at Lincoln College. Hoffman admits he is “obsessed with 21st century art in the moment – (I’m) pretty excited where the scene is at”. He works with a large variety of mediums, including paintings, epoxy, resins, woodworking, metals, jewelry, bronze, and aluminum castings. He has also designed giant band-aids and a 7-foot tall bottle of White Out.

Pinkerton is mostly a painter, and readily admits that he couldn’t have taken his painting of “The Cow in the Corn” to the next level as a sculpture without the help of Hoffman. The steel sculpture was funded through a crowd-sourcing campaign spearheaded by Main Street Lincoln and from private donations.

Story submitted by Geoff Ladd