Body of Urban Myth
If anything reminds us of a classic Greek warrior statue, it's this 12.5-foot tall sculpture on Sheridan Avenue in Palo Alto. The statue shows a Hellenistic nude female figure heroically hoisting a cast bronze laundromat washing machine overhead. At the same time a waterfall pours from the open door of the device into the fountain below. The bronze sculpture seems to be having an ongoing dialogue with its companions, namely the two replicas of classical Greek male warrior sculptures (attributed to Phidias) bearing spears and shields who stand watch in the plaza. The 1997 bronze fountain created by Brian Goggin will confuse future archaeologists and create a dilemma because of the washing machine and the classic sculpture components. Goggin is a site-specific sculptor who has created many of the San Francisco Bay Area's more perplexing monuments.