We visited Capitol Park today, just for the exercise and to see the gardens before the end of the rose season. On the walk over, we just had to snap a photo of the city’s favorite controversial statue, Poseidon.
(Here’s a work semi-friendly shot from the rear, overlooking the Sacramento Convention Center.)
This guy was a gift from Greece about 30 years ago. I think he used have a trident pointed at the K Street Mall, until vandals took it.
Sacramento was one of the first communities in the country to adopt an ordinance requiring 2 percent of a budget for construction of local government projects to pay for public art. So a few years ago, a brouhaha over our Poseidon statue made many of us shake our heads. (The link is also work semi-friendly.)
Some Christian home-study convention took offense at Poseidon’s nudity. So they dressed him in a suit! The Convention Center let them do it because of the money the home-study convention was putting in the coffers.
(I'm not sure how they managed the suit, since the statue's feet don't leave their pedestal. Maybe they borrowed one of those Velcro-seamed tear-away suits, the kind Ch1ppendale dancers wear. Ouch - the irony of that thought!)
The city, acting lucidly about the matter, decided never to allow its public art to be covered again, and folks have respected the policy – except during playoffs, when Poseidon has been known to sport a purple Kings scarf.