Last month, we wrote about how the menagerie of stone sculptures
he'd created was at risk of disappearing -- despite widespread
appreciation of his work -- because he built it atop a protected natural
Now, however, Vazquez' works are poised to reach a wider audience than ever.
are afoot to relocate and reconstruct his sculptures on the grounds of
the Bayview Opera House, thanks to the efforts the facility's
art-loving director Barbara Ockel.
And, after a temporary exhibit
of a few months, the sculptures are scheduled to again be re-built,at
a new Eco-Center nearing completion at the park's east end. While before, Vazquez had cause to fret his work might disappear, now he fears
becoming exhausted at making it re-appear multiple times.
This past fall, out-of-work stonemason Vazquez began treating his unemployment blues by carefully stacking rocks from riprap on the edge of the landfill pier under Heron's Head Park until they formed depictions of animals native to Mexico, his native land. At that time, at least one park visitor had complained, someone had knocked down a couple of the sculptures, and the nonprofit Literacy for Environmental Justice, which manages the park under contract from the Port of San Francisco, were left with a quandary. Nonprofit staffers loved the sculptures. But they didn't want to set a precedent where whomever wanted could erect artwork on what was supposed to be an environmental remediation project.
There's precedent for just such a clash.