Monday, October 26, 2015

Portrait of George (Moscone)

Bust of Slain San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. I chose this piece because of the history behind it, in addition to the almost caricature-like features of the bust. The sculpture was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission in 1981 to commemorate the former mayor, who was assassinated 3 years earlier, and stand in the Moscone Convention Center. It was in storage for 30 years after it was rejected by the Arts Commission and vandalism was threatened, and it now stands in the SFMOMA. The pillar that the bust stands on is adorned with images and phrases from the mayors' life, and contains references to his assassination including two bloody bullets and references to the assassins' defense speech.

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