Monday, October 27, 2008

Distorted Reflections

This is another photo along the same lines, or curves as it were, as in the Magic Window below... light running rampant over slightly less than smooth surfaces. The reflection here is City Hall in downtown Philadelphia, which we used to affectionately refer to as "Filthadelphia", home of the "Surekill Expressway". The distortions in each section of window are varied and marvellous. From a certain angle the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall appears to display anatomical details of Mr Penn not necessarily intended by the sculptor, Alexander Calder. I learned from a website that :
"Calder's most famous City Hall sculpture is the 37ft.-27 ton bronze statue of William Penn. The largest statue to adorn any building in the world, it was cast at Tacony Iron and Metal Works in 14 sections. Beginning as a 9 ft. clay model, it is the result of 20 years of work by the sculptor. To his chagrin, it was mounted on the tower facing northeast, where Penn negotiated a treaty with the Indians instead of South where it would be constantly lit by the sun.

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