Posts Tagged ‘buddha’

The Bude’ Abides – Better Know Your Giant Buddha of Golden Gate Park – But Why Don’t We Send It Back to Japan?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Here’s your history of this 3000-pound statue in our pricy ($8 a person!) Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:

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Oh, here we go, just found this in the SFChron, but I don’t know what “Tajima province Honsha, Japan” means. (Perhaps they meant to say Tajima Province in Honshu, Japan? That would be like saying Atlanta, GA in the American South, I guess.)

Hey, maybe we should make a replica of this thing and send the original back to Japan, how about that?

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

Giant Buddha of Civic Center Not So Tough After All – Loses a Head and a Couple of Its Arms

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Seeing how it was built makes me feel it has less power now, like it has less control over me. In my daily nightmares it usually has a solid core of molybdenum or that Terminator II kind of metal. And sometimes, on a few nights, the good ones, it’s creamy nougat.

Mmmmmm, nougat.

But, as you can see, it’s mostly just air in there, it’s not solid at all:

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You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, bless you! God bless you all to Heaven!

And Steve Rhodes has the video of an arm disassembly. (Not so tough now, are you, Buddha?)

The Fourth Estate, the Second Estate, and the First Estate All Come Together at Civic Center

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

On camera left is the Fourth Estate, The Press, in the background is the Second Estate, the home of Lords Temporal, and on the right is the First Estate, our Lords Spiritual.

In whom do you place your trust?

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Look into the reigns of a great estate

Better lights pull you out of the ground

Seep into the wood of the great estates

Animals your soul will guide

It’s December Already, So It’s Time for City Employees to Trim the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Boy, this experience will be a good one for this city employee to talk about when St. Peter calls his name.

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Oh, I’m sorry, turns out that this Christmas Tree isn’t actually a Christmas Tree. I keep forgetting…

World’s Largest Christmas Tree Stand Goes Up in Civic Center – Steel is Real – But Remember, It’s a “Holiday Tree”

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center will soon be back to counter the devilry recently inspired by the Great Buddha of Civic Center.

Now, they got rid of the Star of Bethlehem on top a couple years back but Your Favorite Christian Icon is a firmly entrenched San Francisco tradition. Look forward to its return in perpetuity.

It begins:

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It used to be decorated gayly, but the WASPs took care of that, remember? We’ll see how it goes this year.

And after that we’ll get holiday lighting at City Hall – it’ll look more like it’s for National Margarita Day but oh well…

Ten-Foot Tall Cyclone Fence Keeps the Great Buddha of Civic Center Safe from Giants Fans and Vandalizers

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Thank Gaia that Rec and Park is keeping our Giant Buddha safe from the madding crowd today:

See the fence? It should come down by tomorrow, November 4th, after the crowd has left:

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UPDATE: Oh no, blogged too soon! Appears as if some fans managed to get a better vantage point, at the risk of enraging Gaia, the Earth Goddess:

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Our Graffitoed Giant Buddha in Civic Center Got All Cleaned Up Yesterday

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Remember back earlier this month when people promoting Kodak’s version of a Flip camera thought it was all viral to vandalise the giant 15-ton Buddha down in Civic Center? Well, the sculpture is all cleaned up now. Let’s take a look.

Here’s a screen grab from the now-censored Kodak viral marketing video. (You can still see the shorter, censored 4:13 version here.) 

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No attempt was made to clean things up for a while so here’s the way it looked when I was taking some girl to the Costco on Wednesday:

See? (There was other graffiti elsewhere of course.)

Well, check it, it’s all cleaned up now. They must have done this Thursday A.M. As it looks today:

Sacrilege never looked so good.

I’m calling this an A-one clean-up job.

Censored Viral Video for Kodak Play Sport Camera Shows Giant Buddha Graffiti Culprit

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I haven’t seen the “Jesus is the Onegraffito on our giant Shanghai Buddha down in Civic Center, but I did manage to catch some tagging and stickering.


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Now yesterday, Jackson West pointed out that a stickerer of the Buddha was “caught on tape” (so to speak) on one of a series of videos being used to promote Kodak’s new Flip-like digital video camera, the rugged, waterproof Play Sport Zx3. But then, somebody edited the vid, so now you can’t see the culprit on the video.

Oh, wait a sec, how about this? Here is one of the scenes that was visible yesterday but not today.  So, who are “those are the dipshits who would tag the big buddha statue?” Here’s the answer from my video cache (so to speak) of the Uptown Almanac:


Sadly, it appears that one of the scenes featuring this green-screen gentleman got cut. (Really, it’s an awesome video all-around. Thanks Kodak Marketing Department!)

It seems our corporate overlords are always trying to think of new ways to get to us, huh? Oh well.

Will the giant Buddha-heads start crying due to all the abuse?

Only Time Will Tell.

Christian Fundamentalists Consider Our Giant Buddha Sculpture a Sign of the Rapture

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Well, “Three Head Six Arm Buddha” by Shanghai artist Zhang Huan has just arrived in Civic Center but the Internets are already burning up with talk of the Rapture.

Why? ‘Cause this 15-ton monster portends the arrival of the Antichrist Maitreya (or something). And then things will go downhill fairly quickly after that, apparently. (Actually, we were supposed to get the Rapture on January 11, 2009, because of Barack Obama of course, but then….)

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(That Five Doves website doesn’t look like much, but it gets more traffic than this one anyway.)

The End is Nigh. So don’t forget to bring  a sacrifice to tomorrow’s Grand Celebration. (Goat skin chaps optional.)

See you there!