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Burning Man Sculpture Gets an Extended Stay in Downtown San Jose

Haven't been able to catch a glimpse of the 15-foot-tall metal sculpture in Downtown San Jose? Well, you're in luck! 

The Burning Man art piece, "Tara Mechani," is getting an extended stay until August 13. 

The sculpture "Tara Mechani" is an art piece loosely based off of the female Buddha Tara intertwined with the aesthetics of a female robot. The piece is the third art installation from the cities Playa to the Paseo partnership with the Burning Man Foundation.

“We have such a fascination with technology and instead of having it at war with the past, the idea, for me, was to fuse these worlds and not lose sight of all this past ancient wisdom and beauty and intermingle them into the future,” said San Francisco based sculptor, Dana Albany.

The piece stands tall at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, a public place where Albany believes her art can spread many different messages. 

“In every park, in every plaza, in every town hall, traditionally you see these bronze sculptures of war heroes,” said Albany. “Instead of constantly having a historical reference to war, why not have a historical reference to peace, philosophy and wisdom? I think she’s very prevalent for this day and time.” 

The piece took Albany and a group of volunteers about six months to build. At least 80 percent of the material used on "Tara Mechani" is salvage material except for her armature and copper spine. 

Albany hopes the messages of her art can help others embrace the female figure and find inspiration to promote peace and compassion. 

If you’re hoping to see "Tara Mechani" in all its metal glory, it’ll be on display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez from now until August 13.

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