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SAFETY NET - LUMINOUS VEIL OF AL BIRNEY
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 13:44.
After posting this morning, I had more thoughts about the nobility of the suicide-prevention fence. I knew I should go back and visit it more closely because when I saw the bridge before I was with someone who was driving so I couldn’t stop.
I was hoping to find a plaque or other information about the fence. The wind was really blowing hard and it was about 15F. With the mean wind chill it was not conducive to bridge walking. But there was a constant stream of pedestrians, bicyclists and cars transversing the viaduct. Under the deck I could hear the trolleys rumbling through.
There was a small blue 12” square aluminum plaque screwed into the concrete abutment on the East side.
The frigid wind was right in my face - making my eyes water...
Not only did Mr. Birney perserver and achieve his pragmatic goal of saving lives - and saving the horrific trauma to the “healthy” living public that every crumpled, bloodied body on the ground below must have wrought - Mr. Birney also created a working sculpture.
What more beautiful sculpture can there be than a sculpture like the Luminous Veil that is built to help those less mentally committed to life than the sculptor and the sculptor’s financing patrons?
When you read the San Francisco Chronicle’s description of Mr. Birney’s efforts , focus, and dedication - then you will know that Schumpeter would see Mr. Birney as an inspirational entrepreneur as well as a humanitarian and advocate.
We needed a Mr. Birney in
But Mr. Birney wasn’t in
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