The naked dude on the pedestal who confronts new arrivals to the park is not Francis Scott Key (thank goodness, because by this point I was so fed up with Francis Scott Key that I might have pelted such a statue of him with squirrels), but Orpheus, the "artful poet, musician and singer of Greek mythology." This statue, Orpheus with the Awkward Foot (?!), was commissioned in 1914 by Congress in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the writing of The Star Spangled Banner. Inside the pedestal is a time capsule, "filled with documents of patriotic and historical interest."

The statue was officially unveiled on June 14, 1922. President Warren G. Harding's speech at this event was the first to ever be broadcast by coast-to-coast radio!