About two weeks ago, my husband, two daughters, and I visited the Overland Park Arboretum in Kansas. I was shocked at what I saw there...an inappropriate sculpture of a naked headless woman exposing her breasts in a vulgar fashion and taking a picture of herself (part of a collection of sculptures donated to the City). I have attached a picture I took of it. This was unanimously approved and installed by the Overland Park City Council. I have since talked to the City Arts Coordinator, a City Attorney, the Parks Director, emailed all 12 OP City Councilmembers, called the Mayor's office and spoke to the City Manager, and have spoken to the OP Council President. Not one of the decision makers that I've talked to finds anything inappropriate with this sculpture for children. I was told that people would be offended if the sculpture was removed. They have received a handful of complaints, but have no plans to remove the piece from the Arboretum. I think they are wrong, and I think there are many parents in the area that will agree with me. I think the City of OP needs to hear a strong voice of opposition. In addition to the damaging and demeaning message this sculpture sends to our youth, there is no warning system for parents, teachers, and adults that wish to avoid this to do so.
I need help to get as much pressure as possible on the City Council to remove this sculpture. I'm asking individuals/organizations to write letters to the Councilmembers and Mayor to:
City of Overland Park
8500 Sante Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66212
Do you have any suggestions as far as who else I can contact? The more people that are aware of it, contact the City Council and sign the petition, the better our chances will be.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions! I greatly appreciate it!