PASCO, WA - A Tri-Cities artist has donated his latest work of art to the Franklin County Courthouse.
Michael Salazar walked into the county commissioners meeting room Friday morning carrying his sculpture of Ben Franklin. Salazar says he wanted to give something back to his hometown of Pasco.
"I was born and raised here and I remember this courthouse from day one," Salazar says. "So it is an honor to give something to Pasco."
Salazar says the bust is made of terra cotta clay a friend of his dug up in the Othello area.
He says it took about a week to create the bust, and that included the waiting time.
"You've got to let it dry. Then look for cracks, and then when it goes into the kiln cross your fingers that it doesn't explode."
Looking for the right likeness of Franklin, Salazar says he found his inspiration on the Internet.
"Like everything these days, I got on my iPad. Twenty years ago I'd be thumbing through the encyclopedia or going to the library."
Salazar has had several art pieces displayed throughout the Tri-Cities.
The county commissioners say the bust of Franklin will soon be displayed in the courthouse rotunda.