I missed the point while there, not even going around to the other side.
On the base: Ancient bronze sun symbols from cultures around the world.
From City of Oakland webpage: "An eighteen-foot tall bronze monument, dedicated to
celebrating cultural diversity, world unity and care for the earth ... Eight Cheemahs will be
placed around the world, and Oakland, California will host the only one in North America..."
Also, Tanya took two really good photos of the actual subject! (press 'previous' while there).