Wednesday, May 23, 2012

OP City Council OKs Controversial Tribute to Sexting to be Placed in the Formerly Family Friendly Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The controversial half naked statue that depicts a woman exposing her breasts while posing for a digital photo was approved by the Overland Park City Council for installation in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, a family destination they purpose of which the city describes as to, "keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues."

From the creators a petition calling for the statue to be relocated:

The Overland Park City Council approved and installed an inappropriate sculpture in the Overland Park Arboretum. The sculpture (called "Choice" by Yu Chang) is of a headless naked woman with her breasts exposed, taking a picture of herself. The message this piece sends to the children and young adults in our community has the potential to be destructive. With all the problems we are having with sexting in our youth culture, do we really want to be encouraging children and teenagers to take nude photos of themselves? In addition, there is no warning of the sculpture's offensive nature for parents, teachers, and adults wishing to avoid something like this.


Anonymous said...

Put it in a MUSEUM, for goodness sake.....I assume that the Overland Park City Council is elected????? Well, well, well....

Brian said...

Like a museum or art gallery, people visit arboretums to enjoy the natural art and life of trees and shrubs. In addition to trees and shrubs, though, can be the beauty of animal life and manmade art. So in a sense, the arboretum IS an outdoor museum or art gallery, one in which I look forward to visiting while those who think it is too explicit remain in the safe confines of their boring and unadorned homes.