• In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, a woman poses beneath a 55-foot nude statue in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which was unveiled this week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker)

    In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, a woman poses beneath a 55-foot nude statue in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which ... was unveiled this week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, a 55-foot nude statue stands in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which was unveiled this week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker)

    In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, a 55-foot nude statue stands in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which was unveiled this ... week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, art teachers Jo Sutton, left, and Jennifer Jervis, right, take pictures beneath a 55-foot nude statue in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which was unveiled this week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker)

    In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 19, 2016, art teachers Jo Sutton, left, and Jennifer Jervis, right, take pictures beneath a 55-foot nude statue in San Leandro, Calif. The statue of a naked woman is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. ... City officials and the sculptor of the steel nude, which was unveiled this week across from San Leandro's main commuter train stop, say they want to draw attention to "feminine energy." Critics say the 13,000-pound towering nude is not appropriate public art. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker) (The Associated Press)

A giant nude statue in California is stirring controversy

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There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind.

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The 55-foot tall statue of a nude woman unveiled this week in the working-class community of San Leandro is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation.

The statue — roughly three times as tall as Michelangelo's David — is made of steel mesh in the form of a graceful dancer, with an arched back and arms stretched overhead.

City officials and the sculptor of the 13,000-pound nude say it sends a powerful message of female strength. Critics say it's not appropriate public art.

One resident asks: "Why is it so big? And SO not clothed?"