Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nice Beaver

What was supposed to be a public cultural event has turned into an X-rated controversy. The city of Bemidji erected a dozen 4-foot tall "Beaver" sculptures, which were painted vibrant colors by local artists. However, one of them has been accused of painting a woman's private parts on the belly of a beaver. Deborah Davis, a kindergarten teacher, says (quote) "I understand people see different things in art, and they need to be free to do that. My intent was to paint the hands of a praying woman."

About 20 people complained about the suggestive artwork. Over the 4th of July weekend, several other artists showed their solidarity to Deborah Davis. They placed fake skirts over their Beaver in protest. Later today, the City Council decides if one Beaver is removed, or all the Beavers have to go.

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