Remove the Inappropriate Sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum
  • Petitioning Overland Park City Council

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Overland Park City Council
Overland Park Mayor
Carl Gerlach

Remove the Inappropriate Sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum

    1. Petition by

      Joanne Hughes

      Stilwell, KS

The Overland Park City Council approved and installed an inappropriate sculpture in the Overland Park Arboretum. The sculpture (called "Choice" by Yu Chang) is of a headless naked woman with her breasts exposed, taking a picture of herself. The message this piece sends to the children and young adults in our community has the potential to be destructive. With all the problems we are having with sexting in our youth culture, do we really want to be encouraging children and teenagers to take nude photos of themselves? In addition, there is no warning of the sculpture's offensive nature for parents, teachers, and adults wishing to avoid something like this.

The audience at the Overland Park Arboretum is not the appropriate audience for this piece of art. This piece is too mature for young eyes, and does not belong in a nature park where children frequently visit.

By signing this petition, we are asking the Overland Park City Council and the Mayor of Overland Park to remove this sculpture from the Overland Park Aroboretum. Art of this nature does not belong around children.

Please sign only for yourself.  Please note your address will not be listed.

Go Further!  

Mail letters to all the OP Councilmembers and the Mayor to:

Governing Body, City of Overland Park, 8500 Sante Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS  66212.

Or email letters to all the OP Councilmembers and the Mayor at governingbody@opkansas.org.

 

 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Grand Jury Petition - links to documents

      Joanne Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      AFA is leading the charge with the grand jury investigation. Printable grand jury petition forms and instructions are available at this site: http://afa-ksmo.net/afaction/grand-jury-petition-johnson-county-ks-overland-park-statue/

    3. Public Hearing Denied by Mayor

      Joanne Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      This evening, Phillip Cosby of AFA, George Hsu, and myself met with Mayor Gerlach of Overland Park. He denied my request to present the petition to the City Council, and will not move the sculpture to an adult venue. AFA is taking it to the next level by calling for a grand jury investigation. We believe this sculpture promotes obscenity to children. We need approximately 4,000 handwritten signatures of registered voters in Johnson County in order for this issue to be taken before a grand jury. I will be emailing out the information on the grand jury petition this evening.

    4. AFA Involvement

      Joanne Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      Because the City of Overland Park denied me and the petition supporters the right to present the petition before the City Council and has refused to take action, we are taking it to the next level. The American Family Association of KS-MO is now involved and will be calling for a grand jury investigation. We believe that as long as this sculpture is in a family-friendly place like the Arboretum, it is promoting obscenity to minors. We are going to need approximately 3,000-4,000 handwritten signatures from Johnson County residents to move this forward. Once the signatures are verified, this case will move forward and a grand jury will hear the case. The grand jury petition will begin very soon. Once we are ready for handwritten signatures, the petition supporters will be emailed details. The fight continues...we will not stop until this sculpture is removed!

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Request to Appear Before City Council Denied

      Joanne Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      On Friday, May 26, pursuant to Section 1.11 of the City's Resolution No. 3183, I requested to appear before the City Council along with the petition supporters to present the petition and provide clarification concerning the petition (to be scheduled sometime in June). That request was denied by the Parks Director. He (Greg Ruether) said they will not schedule it. I have since appealed directly to the Mayor and am awaiting response.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Brenda Ludlum LOUISBURG, KS
      • 29 days ago

      I take my 6 year old grandaughter to the Arboretum frequently and she was embarrassed by the statues and I couldn't give an explaination as to why there are naked statues there.

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    • kit keating OLATHE, KS
      • 5 months ago

      It is an appropriate.

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    • april collins APPLETON CITY, MO
      • 5 months ago

      overland park arboretum is a family place I bring my children to enjoy I should have a "CHOICE" for my kids not to run into something like this unexpectedly, its not even just that she has her breasts exposed the way they are but that she is headless ect... there is no message we can assume because any [possible message is formulated in the minds of young observers. I do not believe this statue belongs in a place like this. I must also say I love art and find certain nude sculptures and paintings awesome and very tasteful, this belongs in a setting where people are expecting something like this thanki you!

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    • Kathy Rodden BELTON, MO
      • 8 months ago

      If this statue was a true nude and done in an artfully respectful way I could accept it. But to be PARTIALLY clothed and bareing her bosum, to me, is porn. Totally inappropriate for a public park where families and classrooms attend. Plus...face it...its UGLY!

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    • Dawn Smith OLATHE, KS
      • 8 months ago

      The statue is offensive in this public setting but what really angers me is that somewhere officials approved this. Disgusting!!!!

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