Artist Zak Ove stands beside pieces from his installation near San Francisco City Hal.

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Imposing Sculptures Debut In San Francisco

Holly Quan
June 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

An army of imposing sculptures has taken over a plaza in front of San Francisco's City Hall.

The 40 figures stand 6-feet-5 and are made from graphite and resin. With their angular features, they show an influence from African art.

That is very much by design, according to British artist Zak Ove, who created the sculptures. The recently unveiled installation is called "The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness." The title pays homage to writer Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel "The Invisible Man."

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A striking detail is the position of the sculptures' hands. They're facing outward in a gesture that can be interpreted as surrender or pushing back

"The thing that enticed me about the gesticulation of the piece was also it's nobility," said Ove. "He stands very proudly in protest with no aggression and kind of a noble poise."

The four rows of sculptures will stand tall in the plaza until November.