J.Gutenberg B.Franklin

Submitted by Oleg Lobykin

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Project

Client: Stanford University

Location: Stanford, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

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Orion Lakota

Stonesculpt

Architect

Sapna Marfatia

Stanford University

Other

Julie Hardin-Stauter

Stanford University

Other

Julie Hardin-Stauter

Julie Hardin-Stauter

Overview

Recreation of two marble statues of J. Gutenberg and B.Franklin destroyed during earthquake in 1906

Goals

Based on existing historical photographs and other available data recreate new statues as close as possible to missing originals.

Process

Based on University archive and historical investigations, Oleg Lobykin created clay and plaster models of the statues for the university's approval. Carrara marble was selected for the work. Lobykin traveled to Italy several times to complete the sculptures. He and Italian carvers roughed out the figures using traditional methods and hand tools. The process was the same as it was done over hundred years ago except computer automated roughing out for Gutenberg statue.