Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Bolt of Lightning: Bad Art

A tall-but-scrawny lightning bolt, kite, and key, held in place by wires, sculpted by Isamu Noguchi in 1984. Officially titled, "Bolt of Lightning: A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin." Critics called it lousy art.
200 N. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA
At the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, just north of Race St. between N. 5th and N. 6th Sts.
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Bolt of Lightning: Bad Art

The flag-lined plaza is surrounded by a highway interchange. The art can be seen from the adjacent Franklin Square, which was much more pleasant.

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A familiar marvel for drivers racing off the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philly.

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