a new neighbor?

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.

Zhang Huan, My New York

Zhang Huan, My New York

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.

4 Responses to “a new neighbor?”

  1. duriandave  on January 17th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Awesome! I also wouldn’t mind seeing Zhang Huan walking around the Tenderloin in his meat suit. ;)

  2. nico  on January 18th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    oh, man, thankyou for saving me from making the ‘tenderloin’ joke–although since I have an eight-year-old’s sense of humor, it was pretty hard to resist.

  3. Nancy  on January 18th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Ah, don’t resist the force of juvenile humor.
    As for me, I was strongly reminded of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” when I saw the photo of the many- armed Buddha.
    Now, how silly is that? Of course, it won’t be silly if the weight of the statue causes problems but I am sure that somebody would have thought of that before placing the statue in the Civic Center.
    Right? Right?

  4. nico  on January 20th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    you’re onto something here, Nancy:

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