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Bolt of Lightning … A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin

1984 by Isamu Noguchi


Ben Franklin is memorialized in Isamu Noguchi’s Bolt of Lightning, a giant steel sculpture representing Franklin’s famous kite-flying experiment.

Noguchi first proposed Bolt of Lightning in 1933, but his design was considered too radical at the time. Half a century later, it seemed just right, and Noguchi himself chose the location.


N. 6th Street and Race Street Monument Park opposite Franklin Square Philadelphia, PA 19106

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