San Jose, California: Quetzalcoatl Turd

Supposed to be an Aztec god, in the form of a coiled, plumed serpent. But the 1994 sculpture by artist Robert Graham resembles a monumental turd. "An important mythological figure of the mesoamerican pantheon."

Cesar Chavez Plaza

Address:
279-299 S Market St, San Jose, CA
Directions:
South end of Cesar Chavez Plaza at Market and San Carlos, across from Sainte Claire Hotel.
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Quetzalcoatl.

Quetzalcoatl Turd

Feathered serpent.

[Quetz, 04/01/2017]

Worshipped in ancient Mesoamerica, Quetzalcoatl takes on many animal forms, but the coiled serpent with feathers is a favorite with artists. In the case of this 1994 public sculpture, observers unfamiliar with the mythology instead see an epic bowel movement.


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