On my way to a meeting this morning at the Civic Center, this is what I saw.
This is Three Heads Six Arms, a sculpture by Shanghai artist Zhang Huan. The sculpture is visiting San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, as a celebration of thirty years of friendship between San Francisco and Shanghai.
Apparently inspired by the Chinese Buddhist mythological character/diety Nezha and by the artist’s experiences with encountering fragments from the destruction of Tibetan Buddhist sculptures, Zhang Huan’s self-portrait also is among the three heads.
As I admired the arms and heads from various angles, a young man asked me to take a photo of him and his grandmother, who are both visiting from China, in front of the statue. His grandmother beamed lovely crinkly smiles towards me, and I beamed back.