Arts Commission wins grant for Buddha sculpture

The San Francisco Arts Commission announced it has won a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support their international debut of the Three Heads Six Arms, the monumental copper statue by internationally acclaimed artist Zhang Huan.

The 26-foot tall, 15-ton copper sculpture is currently en route to San Francisco and will be shown in the plaza in front of City Hall through 2011. The presentation is part of the Shanghai-San Francisco Sister City 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Director of Cultural Affairs Luis Cancel waxed ecstatic in a press release about receiving the grant and about Zhang’s colossal work, the largest in a series depicting the extremities of Buddhist deities.

 “Receiving this Access to Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts is a tremendous honor and an incredible affirmation of the importance of this project,” he said. “This grant has afforded us a unique opportunity to bring to San Francisco a work by one of the world’s most influential and provocative contemporary artists. This sculpture has never before been seen and we are thrilled to debut and share it with new audiences.”


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