Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Bye Bye to the Three Heads Six Arms Buddha
The monumental Zhang Huan sculpture "Three Heads Six Arms Buddha" in Civic Center Plaza, which was installed in May last year, is being disassembled today ahead of schedule for shipment back to the artist in Shanghai.
There has been no official explanation of the removal, but it's possible the artist was afraid he wouldn't get it back.
The neighborhood certainly fell in love with the sculpture, which was whimsical while being sturdy enough to compete with City Hall and the surrounding government buildings around the plaza. Watching tourists giggle and pose in front of the piece was also a daily pleasure, as was the occasional butoh dance appearing out of the mist in front of the 3-6 Buddha. He will be missed.