Ben Franklin

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Client: Franklin Templeton

Location: San Mateo, CA, United States

Completion date: 2000

Artwork budget: $175,000

Project Team

Artist

Mario Chiodo

Chiodo Art Development

Client

Franklin Templeton Headquarters

Overview

Franklin Templeton commissioned me to create representations of their famous mascot, Ben Franklin, as realistic as possible. I sculpted him relaxed, reading from a book for the main lobby. The client also requested large medallions for all the conference rooms and small medallions throughout the campus.

Goals

The architects who had designed the renovated campus has established locations for the artwork. I only needed to work from their suggested measurements. The client requested a timeless dark bronze finish to complement the exquisite woodwork.

Process

Per the GC's suggestion, the 3-D sculpture in the lobby and the exterior medallions are all bronze. The large medallions in the conference rooms are cast in a lightweight resin with a matching bronze finish.