Get your Nudity out of my Face

9news.com | News | Citizens to petition to move nude sculpture

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“A lot of them are concerned for their children,” said former Loveland city councilman Larry Dassow. “They would rather have their own time and place to introduce their children to something like nudity.”

This whole recent controversy reminds me of the Simpsons episode with the David.. I personally think things like this are sad, narrow minded and clueless. Sculpture has a long history of nudity, celebrating the body in a permanent tribute. Classic Greek and Roman sculptures sought to elevate humanity to the level of the gods and celebrate the concept of perfection. Rodin showed us the depredations of time and immortalized the nude as a part of all of us, rather than seeking to attain perfection, he showed us who we were and what we will become.

I don’t think this sculpture is particularly controversial, It appears to be quite interesting looking, I’d like to see it properly (the photos are all awful). I agree with the artist, Kirsten Kokkin, who is a bit shocked by the whole thing.

“I am shaking my head about the fact that this sculpture created such an uproar because I don’t think it’s a very controversial sculpture.”

In Rome, you can’t turn a corner without seeing a nude sculpture. Does this offend the parents there? does it turn the children into wanton heathens? Nudity is the most natural state of all of us. it is often raw and exposed, it can reveal that we are often naked to the world and display the fragility of the human body. But the comment above shocks and disappoints me. Don’t they own a mirror? Is nudity something that has to be ‘introduced’? I thought it was something that was. inevitable as the tides. or do they keep their children clothed permanently so they can’t possibly see something as repulsive and obviously disturbing as the human body?

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3 thoughts on “Get your Nudity out of my Face

  1. Pingback: Top 5 Nude Controversy posts « Jennie’s Palette

  2. From the article: “However, Loveland resident Terri Bellinghausen, who rode her bike out to look at the statue, has another opinion. “We understand that it’s raising up humanity,” Bellinghausen said. “But I’m not sure I like looking at naked sculptures.””
    So she already knew it was a nude statue, she doesn’t like looking at nude statues – but she got on her bike and rode all the way out to see it, all the same!
    Funny critters, humans…..

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