July 29, 2009
Delray Beach, Florida (The Weekly Vice) – A bronze sculpture of a nude family outside the Addison Plaza shopping center is drawing protests from parents and a local PTA at a nearby elementary school.
The sculpture which has been titled “Journey to the New” has been previously displayed at other local areas. It is supposed to represent the emigration of Russian and Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Many people, however, are taking note of something else they see emigrating into their neighborhood. Anatomically correct statuary.
Parents of children who attend the nearby school complain that the sculpture is inappropriate. The PTA of that school has emailed parents asking them to complain.
Parent Jeffrey Cohen has been quoted as saying “My daughter has been joking about it. She shouldn’t be talking to me about this.”
The statue's designer, Iitzik Asher, is no stranger to controversy. The Boca Raton City Council forced Asher in 1995 to cover the “private parts” of several of his sculptures with cardboard fig leaves, which were later removed.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Okay, let’s keep our kids totally in the dark about anything even remotely sexual. A sculpture displaying some subtle nudity is not going to scar our children for life. If you as a parent aren’t willing to talk about sex with your kids, you are going to be in for a world of hurt when they get older.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 10:18:00 PM