Richmond, British Columbia has a giant 4,000 kg piece of public art described as,
the sculpture suggests grace and balance, with a tiny figure staying atop a giant head with the help of a long pole. Upon greater reflection, the face is that of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and the balancer is a tiny, "feminized" Mao ZedongNaturally many residents are annoyed and offended. Public art advocates on the other hand,
urge the public to see a deeper meaning in the reflective sculpture.Here's the problem with that sort of thinking. Despite the meaning of the art, what you actually see is a giant head of Lenin. Who wants a giant head of Lenin in their town?
I'd have no problem viewing this piece of artwork in a museum, but I think it's understandable that many residents would oppose having this sculpture in a public square. The article contains a picture. See what you think.