Grand Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA
Bronze Monument Sculpture, Concrete
9’ high x 12’ wide
Sculptor Jim West was asked to design a storyline about Masons, always embracing collaborating with historians, West came up with this historical bronze sculpture, representing a bond between two countries and three men. The story begins when Benjamin Franklin went to France as a diplomat and was influential in negotiating the involvement with the French in the American War of Independence. During this time, George Washington was Commander in Chief of the Continental Army of the American Revolution. When the French Alliance sent their troops, they were led by Gilbert du Montier Lafayette. Lafayette gifted George Washington an apron; a fabric that bonds the two countries together. The monumental statue depicts George Washington presenting that apron to Benjamin Franklin. The apron is displayed in the Grand Masonic Museum of Philadelphia, tours available.