As I turned the corner toward City Hall on Thursday I noticed that the bright red Lotus flower that would have been swaying in the wind was deflated. My heart felt the same way. Had vandals succeeded in destroying the bright spot that had bloomed over the Civic Center as part of the Asian Art Museum’s Phantoms of Asia exhibit?
I had heard that it was going to be taken on September 2 so I thought perhaps someone had decided to take it down earlier ( as Rec and Park had done with the Burning Man Temple in Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley.)
It turns out that the “vandal” was just normal wear and tear, emphasis on tear, caused by environmental factors such as the wind. Employees from the Asian Art Museum were repairing it. Who knew dental floss could be used to sew up holes in a vinyl lotus flower?