A new statue of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan was unveiled today in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was attended by congressional leaders from both parties and veterans of the Reagan administration, as well as by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who reportedly shed a tear when the curtain fell to reveal the seven-foot tall bronze likeness of her late husband.
The statue, created by sculptor Chas Fagan and donated to the National Statuary Hall Collection by the State of California, depicts a gently smiling Reagan, dressed in suit and tie, leaning one arm against a pillar.
Though it has not been widely reported, the final piece differs greatly from the original design proposed by the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, the conservative organization that seeks to establish public landmarks named after Reagan in all 3,067 counties in the United States.
While the finished statue presents a charming and dignified Reagan, initial plans were far more ambitious, calling for Reagan to be depicted as a winged angel sporting a flaming sword and enormous erect penis, with one foot standing on the severed head of Satan. This design was revised, according to the sculptor, for “a whole plethora of reasons.”
Only a small-scale mock-up of the original design was ever produced, and can be seen in the photograph below.