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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:26 PM

"Choices"

working near Kansas City, KS... they have a lovely aboretum with a newly created "International Garden"

"The International Sculpture Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens was dedicated Saturday, November 5, 2011. Eleven pieces, created by Chinese artists including Olathe resident Kwan Wu, were part of the unveiling and dedication. All of the pieces were donated..."

I guess there has been quite a flurry of bru-ha-ha, with petition and people calling it obscene and demanding it be removed... it is a very sad statement about the people here... the sculptures are absolutely wonderful and I would be proud to say they made their home where I lived

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/01/3638165/sculpture-incites-debate-is-it.html

http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2011/international-sculpture-garden-dedication/



Choices... used fisheye (this is the most controversial)



Breeze



Enlightenment



Cheyenne Medicine Wheel (in the Botanical gardens)



curious onlookers as I hiked the trails in the park




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handmade34 Jan 2013 OP
Stevenmarc Jan 2013 #1
handmade34 Jan 2013 #3
Scuba Jan 2013 #2
handmade34 Jan 2013 #4
jerseyjack Jan 2013 #5
JohnnyRingo Jan 2013 #6
handmade34 Jan 2013 #7
JohnnyRingo Jan 2013 #10
alfredo Jan 2013 #8
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #9
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #11
SouthernDonkey Jan 2013 #12
Mira Jan 2013 #13
handmade34 Jan 2013 #14
Mira Jan 2013 #16
RC Jan 2013 #15

Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:41 PM

1. Obscene? Really?

It must be quite a chore for her to walk that far in the park with a stick that far up her posterior.

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Response to Stevenmarc (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:48 PM

3. it looks like

it was a group (initiated by one woman) that gathered signitures for a petition... sad little minded people

"The American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri spearheaded a petition drive that required a grand jury to determine whether the sculpture was obscene..."

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/17/3922518/seven-sculptures-join-controversial.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:45 PM

2. Considering the human form obscene is obscene.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:52 PM

4. happy that

the courts decided the art would stay... (it is pure delight walking through the gardens) exposure to diversity and art and things out of our comfort level is what contributes to our growth and maturity... something we all need

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:38 PM

5. John Ashcroft would'a had a solution for these obscenities.

 

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:07 PM

6. That first statue is incredible.

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, or that you altered the picture. I imagine that was the artist's intention.

Morals or not, I appreciate you sharing the images with me.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:27 PM

7. just very cool...

I was taken aback when I first saw it... this is better representation... it shows how we (primarily female) don't acknowledge our wholeness... we pick and choose what we present to others

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:17 AM

10. I hadn't noticed the camera.

That gives that work a whole new meaning.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:55 PM

8. One of the best things to happen to an artist is

to have their work called obscene.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:02 PM

9. Cool! Thanks!

Nice shots!

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:48 AM

11. I'm so sorry there wasn't a rapture.

Wouldn't it be a happier world if all these ever-so-moral types were elsewhere?

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:53 AM

12. Beautiful sculptures!

Great shots!
What a bunch of narrow minded imbeciles!

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:56 AM

13. A vision and a treat - every one.

I'm especially enthralled with statue number two, I thought only our first lady had arms this beautiful. It has the feel of real and is both contemporary and traditional.
Your photography is enhancing them as well, esp. in the one "Enlightenment" - my least favorite sculpture.

I took a photo of a labyrinth almost like the medicine wheel about 10 days ago.
Never before, and now at the same time as you.
We're connected!

LOVE the deer. PERFECT color, and capture.

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Response to Mira (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:18 PM

14. a sign that you must meet me on the AT



I have been endeared to labyrinths since the 1st one I walked (at American Society of Dowsers in Danville, Vermont - my hometown)
http://www.dowsers.org
http://labyrinthlocator.com/home

I have built them local and admired them all over the U.S.

**Mira, my plane ticket is bought for the Appalachian Trail... I figure I will be up your way approx. the end of March/start of April

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:12 PM

16. Love the idea - we'll make it happen.

call me

You saw my back yard!
I'm thinking once I'm fully retired, I may build a labyrinth similar to it.

(We could start saving up and go to Chartres together...)

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:40 PM

15. But this, in Downtown Kansas City is OK?

 

Oh, my...



Standing in the meridian of the street yet.

There are statues and fountains, in plain view of the streets, all over Kansas City, depicting the undraped human form of both genders. Nobody seems to care.
But a new disjointed, parts missing, statue beside a walking trail demands legal action?
Maybe they could see their way to do something to help the homeless in the area instead? Naa, that's too Christ like.

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