James Peniston Sculpture, commissioned works in bronze

Featured commission

Keys to Community, 2007

Clay original of 'Keys To Community,' a bronze sculpture of Ben Franklin for Old City, PhiladelphiaA nine-foot bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin, commissioned by the city of Philadelphia and funded in part by its Fire Department, was dedicated on Oct. 5, 2007, in Girard Fountain Park at 4th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia's historic Old City neighborhood (map).

In 2003, the city arts office selected James Peniston to replace the much-loved but deteriorated Penny Franklin sculpture next to the Engine 8 firehouse. James proposed a monumental bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin that would be created with help from the community.

In 2005 and 2006, James visited 24 nearby elementary schools to talk to students about Franklin. He asked the pupils to bring old keys from home — and they responded by filling buckets with more than 1,000. Casts of the keys were incorporated into the surface of the piece, allowing a generation of Philly kids to point to the sculpture and say, "I helped make that!"

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In the press

The Philadelphia Inquirer spotlighted the dedication of Keys To Community with two photos ("Cast as a Foremost Philadelphian," 6 Oct 07). (Read the photographer's blog post about getting the shots.) The Associated Press put out several photos as well (6 Oct 07).

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Flash animation of lost-wax casting

Molten bronze is poured for of 'Keys To Community,' a bronze sculpture of Ben Franklin for Old City, PhiladelphiaWondering how bronze casting works? Here's an animated Flash tutorial.


Studio 34

Studio 34: Yoga Healing Arts, a wellness and arts center in West PhiladelphiaJames is a co-founder and the arts director of Studio 34: Yoga - Healing - Arts, a center for wellness and community in West Philadelphia.

Visit the studio

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours programJames' studio in Spruce Hill was open on October weekends in 2006 and 2007 as part of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours program.

Here's a short video about the 2006 POST program that features James.

Contact

Send email to: james AT jepsculpture.com
Copyright © 2000-2012 James Peniston

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Work

Colliding Masses, a 2001 fiberglass sculpture by James Peniston. Artist's collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hunter, a 2000 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, near St. Louis, Missouri George's Head, a 2002 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Artist's collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gregor Mendel, a 1998 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Family Discovering Nature, a 2005 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, St. Louis, Missouri Water, a 1998 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, St. Louis, Missouri Motivic, a 2001 clay sculpture by James Peniston. Artist's collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hades & Antigone, a 2003 clay sculpture by James Peniston. Artist's collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Louis' Head, a 1999 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, New York City Bridge, a 2002 plaster-and-hemp sculpture by James Peniston. Olivia, a 2004 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, St. Louis, Missouri Bird In Hand, a 2004 bronze sculpture by James Peniston. Private collection, Philadelphia