Tuesday, October 8, 2013

does this statue promote child pornography?


let's take one side of the controversy:
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.
the section in red is factual, not so the following sentence. what is the "message" of the sculpture? why is it potentially "destructive"?

according to this group, the statue "promotes child pornography."  

do you agree?

7 comments:

The Mike said...

So much Asian, particularly Chinese, art over the least ten years or so seems to be rooted in the exploration of emergence of identity. This work is yet another example of that theme.

Nick said...

kids are copycats..there's no doubt in my mind that this will inspire some children to take nude pictures of themselves. i have no problem with the statue itself but i absolutely don't think it belongs in a public park.

Malagodi said...

Let us order society based on the sensibilities of the most stupid among us.

The problem is not that morons have the right to complain, the problem is that morons believe they have the right to control.

judith ghashghaei said...

I’m agree, “if” only “if: this group puts the same efforts for banning TV, posters on the streets, yellow cabs, video games; in general, all artifacts, services or institutions around us that show naked, half naked people or subliminal sex…Yeaph! Let’s resuscitate Savonarola too. Saludith

atRifF said...

well, the variety of responses show the subject's relevance after a millenium of art/morals-exploration.

jordan said...

As a figure drawing prof. of many years, I think that the proportions of this form reveal an idealized adult + 20 something to mid 40's ?

atRifF said...

good point, jordan.