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The image of Benjamin Franklin that has come down through history, along with the image on the $100 bill; a bald man in a frock coat holding a kite string with a key attached has been reproduced in stone curving art form.

Americk Kambiri a Zimbabwean stone sculptor who is working with AVAC Arts who earlier did a Nelson Mandela master piece sculpture have done it again. This time he took his time and sculpted historic Benjamin Franklin.

This sculpture is being sold for $2,700 (USD) and its one of the sculptures that is on demand due to its richness in historical significance, and its symbolism of power as derived from American 100 dollar bill. It is 106m high from the ground, with a length of 62m and 56m in width. Franklin opal stone sculpture has an estimated weight of more than 150kg.

Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United State, he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris which marked the end of the Revolutionary War. Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library, founded volunteer fire depart
ment and universities, and has published newspapers. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking.

Benjamin Franklin never finished school but shaped his life through abundant reading and experience, a role model, a man commitment to civic duty and a man of integrity. He was a true polymath and entrepreneur, which is no doubt why he is often called the First American.

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of his daughter, Sarah Bache. He was 84, suffered from gout and had complained of ailments for some time.

 

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