Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway - The Mother Road Rambler Newsletter - October, 2014
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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.

International Mother Road Festival Hilites a Season of Car Shows Along 66!

With over 1000 cars on display for 80,000 visitors, the 13th Annual International Mother Road Festival in Springfield was yet another stellar 66 event over the final weekend of September. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway had another full set of exhibitors at their travel expo as part of the event.

The ever-popular car hood was packed with signatures over the weekend, and this year, the car hood was donated to Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery. The expo welcomed the Missouri Route 66 Association this year, in addition to many communities and organizations. Popular features of the event included the City Nights Cruise for Crimestoppers, Horsepower Alley, Monet of Cars and Car Show Awards wrapping up the festivities on Sunday.

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, held the first weekend after Labor Day in September, brought in over 500 vehicles on display along Route 66 (Ogden Avenue). A "hot" feature this year was the automobile flamethrowing and numerous dragsters on display. The weather was great and large crowds were on-hand.

Sandwiched in between these two large signature car shows, was the Annual Cruise-In at The Mill in Lincoln on September 13. Though a much smaller show, the event feature a rarity this year - a photo opportunity with the famous Tropics Restaurant sign, which was on display courtesy of the City of Lincoln.

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