San Francisco getting serious about public art? I submit in evidence the swirling, silver, 92-foot high state of Venus (the Statue of Liberty by comparison is 150 feet) hidden away behind the very blah Trinty Place on Mission and 8th. It is as gleaming as a Rolls Royce hood ornament, a testimony to the epic artistic ambitions of Burning Man, and an example of pure Boccioni Italian Futurism. Free. An even taller sculpture will coming in two years, a 110-foot tentacle, snaking out of the new Yerba Buena subway station.

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