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Controversial public art -- just nude or crude?
KOMONews.com ^ | 06/24/09 | Ray Lane

Posted on 06/25/2009 8:04:32 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway

BURIEN, Wash. -- Controversy is surrounding a new sculpture at the Burien/Interim Arts Space. The bronzed piece is of a squatting, nude woman, and it leaves little to the imagination, according to concerned parents.

"Just cover it up a little bit. Too much parts showing for the little kids," said parent Adam Sankey.

Anybody can walk through the privately-owned art space at Fifth Avenue SW and SW 150th Street. And for some, that's an issue, especially with a new library right next door.

"I don't want my kids around it," said parent Jole Sankey. "My 8 year old doesn't need to be exposed to it. I don't even want my 14-year-old son to be exposed to it."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: communistgoals; gramsci; modesty; napl
First off....the face looks like a man.
1 posted on 06/25/2009 8:04:32 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I vote: crude at best......


2 posted on 06/25/2009 8:06:16 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Or a constipated lesbian.


3 posted on 06/25/2009 8:06:28 AM PDT by ponygirl ("Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.")
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

So, the land is privately owned? Simple, don’t walk through the area. It’s not your property.


4 posted on 06/25/2009 8:07:27 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

These critics don’t know squat.


5 posted on 06/25/2009 8:08:24 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
I guess my question is, does it reflect realism?
I mean, I know what I do normally when I'm squating nude.
6 posted on 06/25/2009 8:08:50 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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7 posted on 06/25/2009 8:09:34 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Neda Agha Soltan - murdered by illegitimate government)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Is this a statue of taxpayer funded (NEA) Karen Finelay shoving a yam up her can?


8 posted on 06/25/2009 8:11:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I agree with the artist, Michael McGrath, when he says, “The kids are seeing - anywhere - every kind of expression of the body, nude, semi-nude, positions in a sense that are, if I can say the word, sexualized. This figure is intentionally non-sexualized.”

Hollywood & Madison Avenue’s sexualization and objectification of women are the problem in our society, not a couple of random nipples. Personally, I like nipples.


9 posted on 06/25/2009 8:12:03 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Well, in the Renaissance they did nudes of beautiful ladies. Then in the early days of modernism, they welded a bunch of steel beams together.

Now, evidently, the fashionable thing in Seattle is a rich lesbian Seattleite, out squatting in the park because her toilet is plugged up.

She has that Seattle look, eh? I’ll bet she voted for Gregoire.


10 posted on 06/25/2009 8:12:29 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Just another Joe

You’ve given me the biggest laugh I’ll have all day.


11 posted on 06/25/2009 8:15:18 AM PDT by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Rodan - The Thinker

McGrath - The Tinkler

12 posted on 06/25/2009 8:15:18 AM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: dead
I don't think there's much to complain about, it's not that big of a statue and it is on private property:

This is a picture before it was moved to its current location.

13 posted on 06/25/2009 8:16:10 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

It’s just plain UGLY. It’s a dark, sad, disturbing piece. I could not call this art.


14 posted on 06/25/2009 8:16:27 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

She looks like she’s contemplating why she squatted to poop when there was an empty stall just over there on the right.


15 posted on 06/25/2009 8:20:23 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: All

Okay, so who is taking bets on when the first political logo going to be strategically epoxied to the base?


16 posted on 06/25/2009 8:20:23 AM PDT by Cobra Scott
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Need I say it?

"Liberalism is a (dangerous and degenerative) mental disorder..."
17 posted on 06/25/2009 8:20:28 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
It is not even a natural pose.

What woman gets naked, then just squats down in a thinking pose? A liberal woman maybe (most are lunatics)? Ok, maybe it is natural after all.

18 posted on 06/25/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT by lormand (zero b. Hussien - Hard on flies, soft on terrorists)
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To: muleskinner

Yeah, it reminds me of my wife on one of our camping trips.


19 posted on 06/25/2009 8:20:47 AM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

I wouldn’t care if my 5 yr old son looked at it. It’s just a statue of a nude woman. He’s going to see boobies. This is art. Art I don’t care for, but art all the same.


20 posted on 06/25/2009 8:23:22 AM PDT by lojo
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To: Pilated
It’s just plain UGLY. It’s a dark, sad, disturbing piece. I could not call this art

All art should be joyous, uplifting and beautiful? Some of my favorite pieces of art are the ones that make me think... and some of them are quite dark (in tone, if not palette.) Caspar Friedrich's The Sea of Ice (or Death of Hope as it is sometimes referred) is an immensely sad, dark and disturbing piece, so is it not art?
21 posted on 06/25/2009 8:26:11 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Renderofveils
Er, The Wreck of Hope. I figured I'd correct myself before someone else did. ;)
22 posted on 06/25/2009 8:28:33 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666; Slings and Arrows

Will it eventually be installed in an alley located in the New Orleans French Quarter during Mardi Gras?

23 posted on 06/25/2009 8:28:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: lojo

I am pretty sure that my three teen-aged sons see better racks at HS. Insert the old saw about ‘they didn’t build ‘em like that when I was in HS’. Maybe they did, maybe not. But the showcase is sure different today.


24 posted on 06/25/2009 8:30:42 AM PDT by ByteMercenary
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To: Just another Joe

Is it slated to become a water fountain?


25 posted on 06/25/2009 8:41:11 AM PDT by sniper63 (Silent and stealthy - one shot - one kill)
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To: sniper63
Is it slated to become a water fountain?

Well, being a male, I don't usually squat to do that but I see your point.

26 posted on 06/25/2009 8:42:16 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: reagan_fanatic

She looks like she’s contemplating why she squatted to poop when there was an empty stall just over there on the right.

she has that constipated look.....


27 posted on 06/25/2009 8:42:42 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: a fool in paradise

Here I squat,
Broken hearted.
Tried to ...

28 posted on 06/25/2009 8:44:19 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: lormand
It is not even a natural pose.

Except for the naked part, women mostly squat in public to tend to their young children. I've never myself even noticed that some of them look real good when they do it. But I heard that somewhere.

29 posted on 06/25/2009 8:47:13 AM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: ArrogantBustard

Is that one sheet Sheryl Crow, I ask....?


30 posted on 06/25/2009 8:47:32 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Minn

South East Asian women squat like that all the time....It looks un-natural for her.


31 posted on 06/25/2009 8:49:09 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Renderofveils

I could not agree with you more. ‘Dark’ art, even that which attempts to express the hopelessness of the human condition, can be profound, providing a contrast that illuminates the genuine hope that exists. Even when it is not the intent of the artist.

Every picture has its shadows, and it has some source of light. (Joni Mitchell)


32 posted on 06/25/2009 8:53:57 AM PDT by newheart (Obama. We kind of underestimated the creepiness.)
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To: lormand

“It is not even a natural pose.”

It’s called the “third world squat.”

In the first world where we have chairs and resulting stiff hamstrings, it’s not so common, unless you are in the Army or install floor tile for a living.

In the third world, where you don’t have chairs, and the only thing you dare let touch the ground is the bottom of your feet, this is the natural position. It’s hard for westerners to do it, but eventually you master sitting in this position (heels down) and can do so for hours at a time.

I learned it in the military, and used it in a survival school setting.


33 posted on 06/25/2009 8:55:21 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
I'm taking Tang Soo Do, and am in the process of stretching most everything.

I will have to work on stretching for this "squat" Any special tips on doing so?

34 posted on 06/25/2009 9:04:24 AM PDT by lormand (Michael Wiener - faux Conservative, steaming POS)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

“My 8 year old doesn’t need to be exposed to it. I don’t even want my 14-year-old son to be exposed to it.”

Thats it.. shield them from everything so they go nutso when faced with the real world. Very few Europeans would give a second thought about their kids being exposed to it. They would probably be climbing all over the thing. Matter of fact non-repressive attitude about sexuality is probably the reason the teenage pregnancy rate in other countries is zip compared to the U.S. Besides that I see nothing disturbing about the sculpture except for the fact its butt ugly. Certainly nothing erotic about it.


35 posted on 06/25/2009 9:08:43 AM PDT by flash2368 (Scary Times)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
I'm honestly tired of hearing people flip out over a human breast. We gave the fcc MASSIVE amounts of power because of one tit during a football game. That breast injured no one. The overreaction to it injured a lot of people.

We all have breasts. Almost all little kids have had intimate contact with a breast. Almost all men want intimate contact with a breast. It's a human body part.
36 posted on 06/25/2009 9:14:24 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: lormand

I learned with an Israeli Druze screaming at me, pretending to be a Hamas terrorists, and periodically hitting me with an AK-47, as I tried to keep from falling in donkey sh!t.

Worked pretty well.

(Or I suppose you could just do a front squat in a power rack if you are pussy. The weight will stretch your ham strings.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcZ-fS-X7k0


37 posted on 06/25/2009 9:16:39 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I don’t see any sheets.

And she’s using her right hand.

Yuck.


38 posted on 06/25/2009 9:17:09 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Well... It's better than that Britney‑Spears‑giving‑birth‑on‑a‑bear‑skin‑rug sculpture from a few years back.
39 posted on 06/25/2009 9:18:08 AM PDT by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Pilated
I agree. Ugly.

Art is still lost


40 posted on 06/25/2009 9:33:10 AM PDT by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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41 posted on 06/25/2009 11:14:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: lormand
"What woman gets naked, then just squats down in a thinking pose?"


Squatting in childbirth

I picked the least graphic picture. :-)

42 posted on 06/25/2009 11:21:54 AM PDT by Spunky (Quit breathing! You are contributing to global warming.)
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To: Spunky

I am deeply offended by your pornographic post.


43 posted on 06/25/2009 12:08:11 PM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Renderofveils
Some of my favorite pieces of art are the ones that make me think... and some of them are quite dark

Caryatids...the convention

Fallen Caryatid, a statement about rethinking the convention...

...or maybe what happens if one tries to shrug at the wrong time.

44 posted on 06/25/2009 12:11:19 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Quick, somebody photoshop the Obama “hope” circle-logo onto the top of the round pedestal she’s squatting on.


45 posted on 06/25/2009 12:22:02 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (1st call: Abbas. 1st interview: Al Arabiya. 1st energy decision: halt drilling in UT. Arabs 1st!)
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To: Spunky
Reminds me of the story (and movie) about Joan the Mad in Spain (Juana La Luna was its title in Spain, they called the release with English subtitles “Mad Love”).

She was quite fecund, and one of her ladies in waiting was quite upset when a pregnant Joan excused herself to the bathroom, squatted down and gave birth to the future Holy Roman Emperor. The other lady in waitings comment made me spit up my drink laughing....

‘Pay it no mind, her Majesty is like a COW when it comes to such things.’

46 posted on 06/25/2009 12:30:01 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: Slings and Arrows

That anti-diarrheal ad: “Where will you be when the urge hits?”


48 posted on 06/25/2009 2:42:39 PM PDT by Darksheare (Tar is cheap, and feathers are plentiful.)
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To: Darksheare

*snicker*


49 posted on 06/25/2009 2:53:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I think it’s beautiful.


50 posted on 06/25/2009 6:27:15 PM PDT by cyborg (The Cyborg Show brought you by the Apple iPhone)
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