OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A statue at the Overland Park Arboretum is making some uncomfortable enough to complain, while others hope it makes people “think.”
Joanne Hughes saw the statue of a headless woman with her breasts exposed, taking a picture of herself, when she was with her two young daughters.
She thinks it’s in the wrong place, too provocative for families with young children who often spend time at the arboretum.
“The audience at the arboretum is not the appropriate audience for this piece of art. I feel like this belongs at an adult venue,” Hughes said.
She says she plans to start a petition to get the statue, called “Choice” removed.
Sculptor Kwan Wu put the entire sculpture exhibit together at the arboretum and believes there are many messages people will take from it.
Wu says the statue is headless because the woman is concentrating so much on her body, it’s as if her head doesn’t exist.
Hughes wishes the statue didn’t exist where it is.
“We’re having a lot of problems with youth sexting in our culture today and I just feel like this kind of shows how to do it,” Hughes said.