Small Town Confuses Unity Sculpture For Giant Orgy

Art is often, if not always, open to interpretation, but sometimes those interpretations can be wildly off base from the artist’s original intent. Such is the case with Mark Chatterley’s “Blue Human Condition” sculpture, which was unveiled in Adrian, Michigan, last week as part of the city’s public art program. The sculpture, which was originally positioned near the town’s City Hall, features seven figures in various seated, standing and crouching positions, leaning against or sitting on each other. Chatterley told The Huffington Post the piece — which was selected and borrowed by the city — represents the idea that “living today, we can’t do it alone — we rely on other people … to try to survive.” Unfortunately, some Adrian residents didn’t see what Chatterly saw in his figures, and complained to city officials that the sculpture is “disgusting” and an “abomination” — because they think it depicts an orgy.

The city responded by moving the sculpture to a less visible spot, instead of, you know, telling these prudes to get their minds out of the gutter. I mean, an orgy is, I suppose, a form of unity. And I can kind of see how maybe, if you really wanted to, you could decide that the figures are in sexual positions. Sure, that one figure on the left has its face near another figure’s pelvis, and yes, if one wanted to depict two people having seated sex, it might look like the two figures in the middle. But if that’s all you see, even with the artist’s intention made clear? Yikes. I highly recommend you never take a stroll through any art museum ever. Smut, smut, smut, everywhere! [Huffington Post[Photo: Mark Chatterly]

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