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Friday, July 24, 2015

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

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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.



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