Three Heads Six Arms

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Three Heads Six Arms
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
<p>Zhang Huan&#39;s colossal Three Heads Six Arms (2008) made its world premiere in May 2010 as the focal point of Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza, which is located in the heart of San Francisco&#39;s Civic Center, across from City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, and the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Standing over 26 feet tall and weighing almost 15 tons, the copper sculpture is the artist&#39;s largest work to date. Three Heads Six Arms is part of an important series of monumental works depicting the arms, legs, feet, hands, and heads of Buddhist sculptures.</p> <p>The series was inspired by the artist&#39;s experience seeing remnants of religious sculptures that had been destroyed during the Cultural Revolution for sale in a Tibetan market. Zhang, who is based in Shanghai, is widely regarded as one of the most influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. Three Heads Six Arms, courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, New York, was on loan for ten months. The artist chose San Francisco as the ideal setting to debut his sculpture, in part, because of the long-standing history being honored between Shanghai and San Francisco during the 2010 Sister-city Celebration. The sister-city relationship between Shanghai and San Francisco is the oldest sister-city relationship between the United States and China. The sculpture&#39;s installation also coincided with the 2010 World Expo hosted by Shanghai. The Arts Commission collaborated with the Asian Art Museum on a public program featuring a conversation between Zhang Huan and the Museum&#39;s Michael Knight, senior curator of Chinese art and deputy director of strategic programs and partnerships. The sculpture complimented the Museum&#39;s Shanghai exhibition, which was one of the cornerstones of the sister-city anniversary celebration.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

Plaza
Across from City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, and the main branch of the San Francisco Public
1 Polk Street
San Fransico, CA 94102
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Arts Commission
Atthowe Fine Art Services
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
$225,591
$50,000-$249,000
Public
Metalwork, Sculpture
Metal
Copper cast
2010
2011