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Tara Mechani

Dana Albany (2019)
Temporary
Hayes Valley: Patricia's Green (Hayes at Octavia)
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Inspired by the robot Maria from the classic silent film "Metropolis," Tara Mechani is a 17-foot-high figurative sculpture that entwines aspects of the ancient female Buddha, Tara, with characteristics of a futuristic female robot.

The sculpture is comprised of 80% recycled materials, including machine parts and hardware collected from local San Francisco businesses. Inside the figure is a custom-built chandelier made out of a repurposed brass light fixture with arms that have been bent and reworked to extend around the sculpture’s sides to form a ribcage. At night, the sculpture emanates a soft glow that is meant to represent “her heart and soul...shining from within.”

Best Viewing: Anytime after dusk.