So, my little town of Burien, WA, has been undergoing some drastic changes in recent years. To put it bluntly, the old white money on Three Tree Point and Lake Burien has decided that it doesn't like all the poor-folk moving into the area. I can't say I blame them; having been born and raised in this fair town, we've seen the quality of business drop and the crime rate go up. So, they've embarked on some good ol' gentrification. Over the last couple of years, some pretty bougie shops, bars and restaurants have cropped up. I kinda like it, actually. The Tin Room makes the best mojito I've ever had.
But the real shot in the arm came when they hired a Californian developer to build us a brand new, super-fandangled city center. In fact, you can catch it in the wicked awesome picture of a cloud I posted the other day:
The structure right below the dope ass cloud is the Burien City Center. Just to the right of the colorful structure is the Interim Art Space, a fantastic concept that, well, looks awfully bizarre during the daylight hours. All the art is modern stuff made of sheet metal and rebar and shit. One of the pieces looks like something straight out of Beetlejuice...
Anyway, as long as I could go on about the construction in town, THIS is the controversy:
Yep. That bitch is naked. And can be seen from the new library. So, guess what - prudey parents are upset!
The artist has a different take, obviously..."Just cover it up a little bit. Too much parts showing for the little kids," said parent Amy Sankey.
"I don't want my kids around it," said parent Jole Sankey. "My 8 year old doesn't need to be exposed to it. I don't even want my 14-year-old son to be exposed to it."
So, what do you think? This had caught all sorts of attention, locally. People are calling for the art to be taken down. Is non-sexualized nudity still that offensive?"The kids are seeing - anywhere - every kind of expression of the body, nude, semi-nude, positions in a sense that are, if I can say the word, sexualized. This figure is intentionally non-sexualized.
[Seattle artist Michael McGrath] said he's looking to inspire, he said, not divide.