January 7, 1998 in Nation/World

The Can’t Dig It


San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the neighborhood that helped give birth to the make-love-not-war hippie movement of the 1960s, won’t give peace a chance. City officials Monday rejected a proposal to place a giant sculpture of a peace sign - an upside-down, three-pronged Y in a circle - at an entrance to Golden Gate Park. Some Haight-Ashbury residents protested the plan to install artist Tony Labatt’s 24-foot-high, stainless-steel sculpture. They argued that the work was inappropriate, anachronistic and liable to become a magnet for young people searching for a lost era.

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