Mohandas K. Gandhi (sculpture)

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Mohandas K. Gandhi
At San Francisco 2015 008 - Gandhi statue.jpg
Mohandas K. Gandhi at the San Francisco Ferry Building in 2015.
  • Zlatko Pounov
  • Steven Lowe
Year 1988 (1988)
Type Sculpture
Medium Bronze
Subject Mahatma Gandhi
Dimensions 2.4 m (8 ft)
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 37°47′42″N 122°23′31″W / 37.795°N 122.392°W / 37.795; -122.392

Mohandas K. Gandhi is a 1988 bronze sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi, located in the plaza of the San Francisco Ferry Building along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, United States. The 8-foot (2.4 m) tall sculpture was a gift from the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation.[1]

Reception[edit] contributor Chris Rodell wrote that the sculpture of Gandhi, a "renowned vegetarian", was appropriate for the plaza, being the site of a weekly farmers' market.[1]

In 2010, a group called the Organization for Minorities of India, which formed to protest the oppression of Indian minorities, demanded the removal of the sculpture, claiming Gandhi was a racist "who harbored violent urges".[2]

The sculpture is a known target for vandalism; the eyeglasses are the most-stolen item, and the staff has been broken on several occasions.[3][4]

Jack Dorsey takes new employees of Square, Inc. on a walk between the Gandhi sculpture and corporate headquarters, discussing the guiding principles of the company along the way.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Rodell, Chris. "Look out, RoboCop! Statues from Yoda to Rocky lure tourists to cities". Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Coté, John (October 2, 2010). "Group says Gandhi racist, plans to protest statue". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ho, Vivian; Huet, Ellen; Kane, Will (5 June 2013). "Chron Watch year: hits, misses". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Huet, Ellen (27 March 2013). "S.F. Gandhi statue vandalized - again". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Hamburger, Ellis (6 January 2012). "Jack Dorsey Takes New Square Employees On A Wisdom-Filled Walk To A Gandhi Statue". Business Insider. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Levy, Steven (22 June 2012). "The Many Sides of Jack Dorsey". Wired. Retrieved 20 June 2016. Like Jobs, Dorsey has proclivities that have helped him build something of a cult of personality. Every Friday he indoctrinates new employees with a forced march through the streets of San Francisco, beginning at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Ferry Building, heading into the canyons of the Financial District, and emerging in the startup haven south of Market Street where Square resides. During the walk, Dorsey outlines what he calls the Four Corners of Square. “It’s something that codifies our ethic,” he says. “I really spent a lot of time on it.” But he is mum on the details of this vaguely Masonic concept. “If I told you, you’d have to work here,” he says with a tight smile. 

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