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Old 2nd August 2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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Boob Seagull statue has outraged folks in Massachusetts

New Bedford, Massachusetts has a new statue of a gull wearing a dress and she has boobs. I guess it's officially called "Seagull Cinderella", but Boob Seagull is being used too. I'm not sure if there is any public art that will not evoke some kind of resentment and actions to have it removed.

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Not everyone in New Bedford is loving the statue of a giant seagull installed along the waterfront. An online petition seeking to have the piece removed cites the sculpture’s female figure.

Called “Seagull Cinderella,” the sculpture was created by Boston artist Donna Dodson and is among 20 or so works of art that have been installed in recent months as part of the New Bedford Seaport Artwalk.

But resident Ray Concannon isn’t a fan and he’s initiated a petition to have it removed. Concannon’s petition is headlined “Remove the Seagull with Boobs Statue in Downtown New Bedford.”

“This is art, it’s just bad art,” he says, calling the 9-foot-tall sculpture an “eyesore.” Concannon insists he isn’t bothered by the female form, adding “The David and Venus de Milo and other nude art can be very beautiful.” But he questions why New Bedford, whose famous denizens have included Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, would want to celebrate that history “with a seagull with large human breasts.”...

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...lMJ/story.html
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Old 2nd August 2016, 08:43 AM   #2
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Well, you have to fill your weekly outrage quota, this is as good as anything.
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Old 2nd August 2016, 08:46 AM   #3
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Well, this is *********** stupid.
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Old 2nd August 2016, 08:53 AM   #4
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I'm not offended by the mammaries (though certainly out of place on a bird) but that thing is ugly.
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Old 2nd August 2016, 08:55 AM   #5
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Meh, while it won't ever be a favorite sculpture for me it's miles ahead of the cookie cutter bronze civil war statues that every town up here bought around the turn of the 20th century. Looking at some of the artists other work it seems to be her thing to sculpt animal headed human female figures.
http://www.bostonsculptors.com/donna...hmav2p5e7he7x5
http://zine.artscopemagazine.com/201...rd-art-museum/
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I find it hard to believe that it's the boobs they find objectionable. Without the the boobs it would be even worse.

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Old 2nd August 2016, 09:13 AM   #7
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The best part of this awkward and amateurish looking civic art is the pallet on which it stands.
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Old 2nd August 2016, 09:17 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Well, you have to fill your weekly outrage quota, this is as good as anything.
In fact, it is a better, less harmful, target than most! Strange to me that anyone would even care, beyond thinking on first seeing it- "Okay amusing" or "Eh, ugly." Bothering to start an anti-campaign? Is this the kind of spare time I can look forward to in retirement?
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Old 2nd August 2016, 10:48 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Jrrarglblarg View Post
The best part of this awkward and amateurish looking civic art is the pallet on which it stands.
Notice the construction cone in the bottom left corner. The picture was taken when the statue had just been delivered and is awaiting placement on a yet to be constructed stand.
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Perhaps he fears someone will vandalize it by adding nipples to the boobs.
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This is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. And yes, without boobs it would be even worse.
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Originally Posted by Mike! View Post
Perhaps he fears someone will vandalize it by adding nipples to the boobs.
Hell, my first thought was "needs nipples". So, yeah...
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St Boobs Seagull, 8th century, Denmark. St Boobs Seagull was a Danish princess who tried to feed the poor. When her wicked pagan husband tried to stop her, her loaves of bread were miraculously transformed into doom robots which laid waste to Jutland. After her martyrdom via being boiled in applesauce, St Boobs Seagull was canonized by Pope Lester II and made patron saint of wigs, lace doilies, and tumor registry regulatory commissions. St Boobs Seagull has been credited with over forty miracles, including an unscheduled eclipse of the moon, a rain of blood, a levitating cow, and a quill pen that never ran dry of ink. Folk legend has it that if unmarried girls pray to St Boobs Seagull at night they will eventually fall asleep.
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The seagull's boobs are average sized at best.
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Looks like a giant character from some toddlers TV show or something. Could be much improved with creative vandalism.
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Old 2nd August 2016, 11:38 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Peterson View Post
I find it hard to believe that it's the boobs they find objectionable. Without the the boobs it would be even worse.
That's a good idea for a counter-petition.

"KEEP THE BOOB SEAGULL STATUE: Without the boobs it would be a bad statue. SIGN HERE."
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Old 2nd August 2016, 11:42 AM   #18
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Anyone for crowdfunding to set up a partner for her? We could call him Dick?

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Kitsch Art at it's best!!!!! Keep it!!!
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brando...b_4013483.html but they show other aspects mostly - this would be folk kitsch!!!
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This statue is upsetting to children, who will ask, do seagulls really nurse their young? And parents will have to explain about mammals and egg-laying birds. That isn't a conversation that parents should be forced to have, based on public art. It should come when children are ready. Won't someone think of the children?
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Kitsch Art at it's best!!!!! Keep it!!!
One might argue that it is more camp than it is kitsch.
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The seagull's boobs are average sized at best.
No they are much bigger than the average seagull's boobs.
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Originally Posted by William Parcher View Post
One might argue that it is more camp than it is kitsch.
I could go that way also.
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Reminds me of what a group of little kids, not including me, of course, did one winter to some snowmen and women around what looked like, but wasn't, my neighborhood.
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Reminds me of what a group of little kids, not including me, of course, did one winter to some snowmen and women around what looked like, but wasn't, my neighborhood.


http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/calvin.html
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This statue is upsetting to children, who will ask, do seagulls really nurse their young? And parents will have to explain about mammals and egg-laying birds. That isn't a conversation that parents should be forced to have, based on public art. It should come when children are ready. Won't someone think of the children?
"No little Janie, birds don't nurse their young, they just barf their own breakfast down their offspring's gullets."
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Not only should the statue remain but I would want to support installing as many statues as this artist wants to make.

It's not that I particularly like the statue (truth be told, I really don't like it at all) but I despise anyone who campaigns against art. **** that dude and the statue of a horse he rode in on.
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**** that dude and the statue of a horse he rode in on.
You made me picture this statue.
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You made me picture this statue.
One of my favorite (yet horrifying) avatars here.
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You made me picture this statue.
It sort-of captures his soul, doesn't it? And the horse's too.
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You made me picture this statue.
I've heard there's a motor in that so the head spins and the eyes flash at night.
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I've heard there's a motor in that so the head spins and the eyes flash at night.
But what they don't dare tell: there's no motor.
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But what they don't dare tell: there's no motor.
Stop trying to scare people. There is a motor, a regular old motor, powered by human blood the statue sucks from its victims. No need to be all mysterious and horrifying about it.
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If you value your sanity, do not, I repeat DO NOT search for Denver Airport Horse Statue.
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
If you value your sanity, do not, I repeat DO NOT search for Denver Airport Horse Statue.
That one can not only teleport, but distort space so it can fit into places smaller than itself.

It's behind you right now.
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If you value your sanity, do not, I repeat DO NOT search for Denver Airport Horse Statue.
What a nightmare. Just say neigh.
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Some people sure did better marine art.

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If you value your sanity, do not, I repeat DO NOT search for Denver Airport Horse Statue.
We call him Bluecifer.
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