While our Ben is recovering at the Daedulus Studio in Watertown, we decided to honor him with a post not just simply about him, but of Benjamin Franklin sculptures from across the U.S. For example, Benjamin Franklin in Washington D.C and on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
First let's talk about our good old Ben. This statue of Ben on the left was sculpted by Richard Greenough and presented 1856. Greenough understood that Bostonians wanted to honor him because he was born in Boston, he was thoughtful, dignified, kind, and selfless. The material used to create the sculpture was bronze, not marble and so he can share in our New England weather.
Above, center, is the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in Washington, D.C. It was sculpted by James Earle Fraser and presented 1938. It weighs 27 tons and rest on a pedestal that is 83 tons. The material used is Seravezza marble and it honors Ben Franklin as a founding father. It became a U.S National Memorial on October 25, 1972.
Last, and to the right, is the Benjamin Franklin statue found in front of College Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Having been born in Boston, Franklin moved to and lived most of his adult life in Philadelphia. Being a trustee and founder of this IVY League institution, the bronze statue conveys Benjamin Franklin as the inventor, and scientist. It was sculpted by John J. Boyle.