During a recent conversation, LB quoted from his forth coming book, Croissant - Crucible of Change. "If the ends of the croissant touch, the croissant was made with shortening. If the ends are straight, the croissant was made with butter." Presumably a croissant with a slight bend used a mixture of shortening and butter. This issue is dealt with in Chapter 8 of his definitive missive.
Obviously someone had enough time and butter on their hands to build a gigantic figurative sculpture of some important American historical figure. Think of the number of straight ended croissants that could have been made for the peloton flying through rural France using that same rancid butter.