Ohio controversial sculpture moved to new public spot
ADRIAN, Ohio (WTVG) — After last week’s firestorm of feedback, the city moved a controversial sculpture to a different public location.
However, some people around Yew Park want it taken away to a gallery or museum.
The city has untarped the blue humans after moving them to a new location as a compromise. But the “Art vs. Obscenity” debate is once again heating up. This time the debate involves people who live and work around this park.
“I think it’s beautiful,” says one woman who is visiting from Saline.
It’s the talk of Adrian for the second week in a row.
“Every time me and my kids pass it, they be like look at that, daddy, it’s nasty,” says Rodney Hall, a father of two who lives near Yew Park.
“It’s a work of art!” says Carol Jodis, an artist from Adrian.
One woman from Adrian walked in front of our 13abc camera to offer a silent protest: the thumbs-down sign.
“I believe that if it’s not good enough for outside of city hall, it’s not good enough for here,” says Steve Ehinger, who owns the Brick Wall Pub and Grill located near the park.
Adrian city leaders moved the sculpture titled “Blue Human Condition” to Yew Park on Tuesday on Winter Street just north of Maumee Street.
Last week, leaders tarped the piece after its downtown debut between city chambers and the police station which is down the street from the public library.
It had been chosen as part of Adrian’s Art Discovery public art trail.
However, parents complained it was obscene and inappropriate in that high car and pedestrian traffic location.
City Administrator Shane Horn says in its new home, the sculpture is “accessible to any citizen who makes the choice to visit the park.”
“I don’t believe it’s appropriate,” says Steve Ehringer. “We’ve got young kids that live around here that come down to the park with their dogs.”
“It’s not like we’re in the Greek days back in the day, it represents sex,” says Rodney Hall, a father of two who lives near the park.
“I had my eight year old son ask me yesterday what they were doing and I told him it was a community simply leaning on one another,” says Krist Lambes who supports the art in the park.
“I’ve seen more graphic,” says Pam Varga who is moving to the Adrian area from Ann Arbor. “I work at U of M and there’s a graphic statue showing female/male parts of man, woman, and children, so I don’t see anything wrong with it. I think it looks great.”
“I have no problem with it whatsoever,” says Carol Jodis, and artist from Adrian. “I don’t think there’s anything suggestive about it. My only concern is that somebody would deface it or something like that.”