EXPIRED: 01/26/10 – Jack Wolgin, 92, was a mover and shaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He developed the Rittenhouse Hotel, the 1700 Market Street building, and the Center Square high-rise office complex.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wolgin’s true passion was making Philly known as a center for the arts. So in 1976, when it was time to City wanted a grand piece of art in their bustling business district, the Philadelphia elite had certain ideas of what they were looking for: another Civil War hero in bronze on horseback.
Wolgin thought the city needed something different. A giant clothespin.
Designed by Claes Oldenburg, some say the Clothespin symbolizes hard work. Some say it has a deeper meaning.
I just think it’s pretty cool that he bucked the establishment.
The City hated it when it was erected nearly 35 years ago. They didn’t know Jack.
They love it today.