Happy Presidents Day

abraham lincoln This statue of Abraham Lincoln, erected in Roger Williams Park in 1958, was the work of Rhode Island School of Design sculpture professor Gilbert Franklin (b.1919 – d.2004); he also served as Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at the school.

In 1963 Gilbert was asked to submit designs for a fountain for Frazier Terrace on Benefit Street; his ‘Orpheus Ascending’ was selected. By 1968 Gilbert had left figurative art behind in his abstract ‘Daybreak’ one block north of Orpheus at the busy intersection of Benefit, Angell, and Waterman Streets (aka RISD Beach).

Now, go buy a mattress and a car.

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