Calder originally wanted the statue facing South so the sun would show the intricate details he had put into the face but, the city had other
Calder wished the statue to face south so that its face would be lit by the sun most of the day, all the better to reveal the details that he had
included in the work. The statue actually faces northeast, towards Penn Treaty Park in the Fishtown section of the city, which commemorates the site
where William Penn signed a treaty with the local Native American tribe. Beyond Penn Treaty Park is Pennsbury Manor, Penn's country home in Bucks
County. Yet another version for why the statue pointed generally north instead of south is that it was the current (1894) architect's method of
showing displeasure with the style of the work; that by 1894 it was not in the current, popular Beaux-Arts style; that it was out of date even before
it was placed on top of the building.
For whatever reason, either to have old Billy face his home or because someone decided the statue was too old fashioned to see the light of day, the
statue was not placed as the sculptor wished. I wonder if he had time to change the statue to show his displeasure?
Its also possible that someone with an axe to grind against the Mason's (or maybe it's the Methodist Episcopalians) noticed how the statue looked from
that angle and made the change in orientation using the treaty signing as their lame excuse.
Heck, it could all be just a big coincidence having to do with Billy's hand being positioned at waist level. Back in the days it was built, nobody
probably thought twice about it but, today with everybody with sex on the mind, seeing something sticking out at waist level automatically brings such
imagery to mind.
It could be that it really isn't even shaped that much like a penis and its just our modern, dirty minds making us perceive it as such.
3/11/11 by FortAnthem because: (no reason given)