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Shaking Man.

Shaking Man Sculpture

Field review by the editors.

San Francisco, California

The Shaking Man sculpture is an amusing public art greeter for visitors to Yerba Buena Center, in the elevated gardens across from the Moscone Convention Center. Created in 1993 by artist Terry Allen, the bronze statue of a business man seems to be vibrating into another universe.

The man carries a briefcase and jacket and wears a tie, but everything else suggests a serious science fiction problem -- he has multiple/duplicate legs, and a series of extra right hands fanning out and ready for a horrifying handshake. The fingers are burnished from countless greetings.

Shaking Man's face is sliced into misaligned vertical segments, but his wrinkles, smile and hair resemble (to us) Ronald Reagan.

Shaking Man Sculpture

Yerba Buena Gardens

Third St., San Francisco, CA
Across from the Moscone Center, between Mission St. and Howard St. on elevated plaza in south corner of Yerba Buena Gardens.
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