Sigame: Strong Women Body Parts.

Sigame: Strong Women Body Parts

Field review by the editors.

Oakland, California

The thinking behind "Sigame" seems to have been that if a statue of one strong Oakland woman would be good, then a statue of 20 strong Oakland women, stitched together into a kind of Frankenstein's monster, would be spectacular.

Sigame ("let's go" or "follow me" in Spanish) was created by artist Scott Donahue in 2001 and moved to this spot in 2005. The statue is encircled by small plaques listing each of the 20 women, but they fail to identify the corresponding body parts. Who belongs to the Victorian bodice, the skirt made of buckskin, the sneaker? Isadora Duncan? Zoe Ann Olsen? Ida Jackson? Is that the nose of Marcella Ford or Hannah Jayne Adams?

The statue caused a brief, initial uproar and then quickly sank into obscurity. Today, the park in which it stands has become a camp for the unhoused. Sigame, regardless of her artistic merit, seems remarkably well-preserved, and Donahue has in recent years been a member of the neighboring Emeryville City Council, where he serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee.

Sigame: Strong Women Body Parts

Union Point Park

Address:
2311 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA
Directions:
South of Dennison St, next to the Union Point Marina. May be within a homeless encampment in the isolated public park.
Hours:
Daytime. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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