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Philadelphia to Dedicate 9-Ft Bronze Bust of Ben Franklin

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"Keys To Community": original clay for casting in bronze, 20 June 2007 Clay, Cast In Bronze Nine Feet Tall, One Ton In Weight © James Peniston, 2007
Philadelphia to Dedicate 9-Ft Bronze Bust of Ben Franklin

4th and Arch Streets
Old City
Philadelphia, PA 19106
October 5th, 2007 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Other
WEBSITE:  
http://www.jepsculpture.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Other (outside main areas)
EMAIL:  
james@jepsculpture.com
OPEN HOURS:  
24 hours
TAGS:  
bronze, sculpture
COST:  
Free
CHILDREN:  
This event is appropriate for children

DESCRIPTION
A nine-foot bronze sculpture of Benjamin Franklin, commissioned by the city of Philadelphia, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. at 4th and Arch Streets in historic downtown Philadelphia. The public and press are invited.

In 2003, the city selected Philly sculptor James Peniston to replace the much-loved but deteriorated "Penny Franklin" work. James enlisted local schoolchildren to help create a monumental bronze bust entitled "Keys To Community." The kids donated nearly 1.5 million pennies and more than 1,000 keys. Funded in part by the Philadelphia Fire Department, the sculpture will be installed in a historic courtyard next to the Engine 8 firehouse in historic Old City.