These photos are by-products from my photoblog project: 596 Precincts -- Walking San Francisco. If intrigued, take a look and sign up for sporadic email updates.
In just about every neighborhood where I've walked, I encounter one or two of these statues.
They seem intended to create a smidgen of quiet on city streets.
Often they succeed.
Since I'm in California, this variant was probably inevitable.
A previous collection of San Francisco Buddhas appeared here.