Public art: love it or hate it, you can’t deny that it provokes a lively public debate (and a lot of name-calling on SFist or Craigslist).
Personally, I’m looking forward to the possibility of seeing this in our front yard.
You may remember Zhang Huan as the cover boy for Britta Erickson’s exhibition and catalog of the same name, On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West.
Splitting his time between New York and Shanghai, Zhang’s work is dynamic and physically demanding. Although trained as a painter, his oeuvre is largely comprised of rigorous performances and monumental sculpture, the latter of which is no less challenging. In this instance, the artwork may prove too heavy for the Civic Center Garage, which is housed beneath the expanse of the plaza.
Whether the piece will make it remains to be seen; however, there’s no denying that the Buddha would be a nice addition to the roster of exhibition-and-expo-related events that are taking over the city for the rest of the year.
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