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2 colour photographs one of which is of a late 1700s orrery with cast figures of Isaac Newton Benjamin Franklin and James Bowdoin the other of which shows a smooth bronze alloy sculpture on display outside the Putnam Gallery in the Science Center at Harvard University

(Left) Joseph Pope’s Grand Orrery made between 1776 and 1787 in Boston. It is believed that the figures representing Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and James Bowdoin were cast by Paul Revere. Photograph by Samantha van Gerbig. (Description available on Waywiser: http://waywiser.rc.fas.harvard.edu/view/objects/asitem/items$0040:2186) (Right) Topological III, bronze alloy, by Robert Wilson, 1978. Currently exhibited in front of the Putnam Gallery in the Science Center at Harvard University. Photograph by Jean-François Gauvin.