Wow, people seem to really hate “Legs,” the “50 feet tall, 20 feet wide, 6 feet in diameter and clearly (weighing) several thousand pounds” sculpture by UC Davis design prof Barbara Showcroft. At least, that’s what’s being expressed at Curbed SF’s “Least Favorite Piece of Public Art in San Francisco” poll, where Legs leads the pack with a 35% disapproval rating (at publication time).

Other objects of dismay include Yelp 3.5 starred and Gap founder commissioned Cupid’s Span, which was, creators Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen say, “(i)nspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros.” That made me feel a bit squeamish! According to the Chron, the artists “have a startling record of critical and popular successes.” Will this poll end their hot streak?

Or there’s the the United Nations Plaza Fountain (aka “the world is my bathtub!”), the Vaillancourt Fountain at Justin Herman Plaza (apparently, Herb Caen “said it looked like a pile of poop,” proving again the the difference between the literary style of Caen and bloggers today is nil), and 555 California’s Transcendence “which allows people to make fun of soulless bankers and lazy public art at the same time.”

Who will reign supreme as SF’s most disliked? There’s only one way to support your fave public art pieces, or drub those you disdain: hit Curbed and cast your vote.

Photo composite of the candidates: Curbed SF

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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