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Lightning


Western Union Logo
1922
* small bas-relief map of the world, lightning bolts, Western Union logo
* Wall. North side of Locust, West of 11th.
* 39.947650,-75.159550 [map]
* On the Gayborhood tour.
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's entry for the building

Guglielmo Marconi Tablet
1955
* Plaque honoring Guglielmo Marconi
* small bas relief map of the world, lightning bolts symbolizing radio waves
* This picture has been retouched to remove scrawled and splashed paint.
* inscription:
Inventor
Wireless
Telephone
Telegraph and Unidirectional Radio
Deeply religious humanitarian genius, glory of the world in
Italy and glory of Italy in the world. His inventions saved
millions of lives and will continue to do so as long as this world
exists. First wireless message 1896. First transatlantic marconigram
S.O.S. 1901. Born near Bologna, Italy, 1874, Died - Rome, Italy 1937
Tablet dedicated at Philadelphia, 1955, Mayor Joseph S. Clark, Jr.
* Marconi Plaza. West side of Broad, South of Oregon.
* 39.916150,-75.171700 [map]
* On the South Broad tour.
* See also:
+Guglielmo Marconi Foundation



Bolt of Lightning
Isamu Noguchi, 1984
* Representation of an act of Benjamin Franklin
* big kite, lightening, key
* At the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge. 6th and Vine.
* 39.955450,-75.148750 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour.
* See also:
+ushistory.org page for this piece
+The Noguchi Museum
+The Electric Franklin
+wikipedia.org's Benjamin Franklin Bridge page



Big Ben at Franklin Town
Alexander L. Generalis, Tom Miles, 1992
* Bust of Benjamin Franklin
* big head, lightning bolts, arch, kite, implied keys
* The eight seat-sized posts each have a letter inscribed on top, spelling out FRANKLIN.
* Bridge over I-676. 17th and Vine.
* 39.958450,-75.167100 [map]
* On the Franklin Town tour.
* See also:
+Miles and Generalis, Inc.
+The Electric Franklin