Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Truth Is Beauty" Burner Statue Finding Rocky Reception in San Leandro

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Truth Is Beauty - TWITTER
  • Twitter
  • Truth Is Beauty

San Leandro has courted controversy by making the centerpiece of its tech campus “Truth is Beauty,” a 45-foot statue of a naked woman that premiered at Burning Man in 2013.

Why is the choice of art causing such a kerfuffle?

· Everybody knows there are no women on tech campuses.

· It clashes with San Leandro's prim statue of our chaste Pilgrim fathers condemning witches to death.

· It means we’ve finally stopped thinking of the children.

· NIMBYs citing city ordinance that requires a conditional use permit and zoning variance for any woman over 40 feet in height.

· San Leandro is, was, and always will be a Post-Impressionist town.

· It was sculpted by a non-union crew of complete slackers with no taste.

· Reference to Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" strikes employees at Otis Spunkmeyer's San Leandro headquarters as "pretentious."

· Blinking lights under her skin make her too ethnically ambiguous.

· They wanted something really innovative, like a mobile app.

· There’s no surer sign of gentrification than a Burning Man statue.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Benjamin Wachs

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"