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Ben Franklin Sculpture

Ben Franklin Sculpture
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J.W.Gruber
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The sculpture pictured was created for the Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk as a part of a fun tourism project. To find out more about this type of sculpture please email me with your questions. I will respond ASAP.
Features:
........approx.ht. 6 ft
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I had a lot of fun sculpting Ben Franklin. He is one of those iconic figures that expand the imagination with a sense of whimsy. Ben is one person that I would like to have met. It must have been fascinating to talk to him although I bet most people of his time had no clue what he was saying. This six foot tall sculpture of Ben Franklin started out as a solid block of polystyrene that was to be used for the body. The head would be carved from a different block. My first step was to study the block and discover where Ben was hiding. The next trick was to get him out of there. Sculpting the dense polystyrene was interesting and messy but also fast by normal sculpting time. Standard sculpting tools were mostly useless. The tools that I found to be most effective were simple and uncomplicated. A couple hand saws a couple of rasps, some sandpaper and a bold steady hand were all I needed. Accounting for the arm and leg and head positions took patience while I cut away the bulk. Once the roughed out form was created using the hand saws I turned to the rasps to sculpt the body into a proportional shape. At this point I began using various grades of sand paper to fine tune the sculpture adding all the details and getting the proportions tight. When the sculpture was completely formed it was covered in a clear epoxy, painted and mounted onto a steel base then off to the Atlantic City Boardwalk! The sculpture was completed in about sixty hours
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