The Margin: San Francisco vandals get creative with Super Bowl statues

San Francisco is a city historically known to be, well, a little different. And its contrarian streak is coming out in the buildup to next week’s Super Bowl 50.

While many disgruntled citizens have grumbled about the cost of hosting the NFL’s biggest game of the year — which isn’t even being played in town, but 45 miles away in Santa Clara — the traffic and parking apocalypse, and general distaste for a corporate fun zone set up in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown, some anagram-minded vandals are taking action.

Ten solar-powered, 1,600-pound Super Bowl 50 statues have been installed around the Bay Area (nine in San Francisco, one at San Jose airport), and while they have been coated with graffiti-proof paint, the lettering on the objects has proven to be extremely vandal-friendly.

The statues started going up in San Francisco earlier this month. Here’s one planted by the famous “Painted Ladies” at Alamo Square :

It wasn’t long, though, “Super Bowl” had become “Superb Owl”:

At City Hall, the lettering became an ironic nod to tech bros, seem by some as the scourge of the city:

And so on:

But while many residents were amused by the shenanigans, city officials were not. On Sunday morning, Alamo Square’s embattled statue was carted away. No word yet on the fate of the others.

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