On Sunday May 15 Ben Franklin’s statue lost a round with Mother Nature when a very blustery gust of wind and a party tent conspired to knock him off of his base- which has been his home without event for over 150 years. Thankfully no one was injured during the fall, Ben himself included, but he will be transported to Daedulus, a conservator in Watertown for careful inspection just to be sure. While he is at Daedalus, Ben will be also be cleaned and refinished, and the base will be repaired in anticipation of his return. In addition, the four cast Bas Reliefs at the base will be treated to a cleaning and refinishing. We’ll be working closely with the City of Boston Department Arts and Culture and other city agencies to ensure the proper treatment of this early and important public art resource. We look forward to welcoming Ben back in the near future.