- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) - Officials in Adrian expect to soon make a decision on whether a sculpture near municipal offices is too racy for the city’s downtown.

Blue Human Condition has been covered with a tarp while residents in the southern Michigan city weigh in on what they think its future should be, according to the Daily Telegram of Adrian (http://bit.ly/QI07QD ).

Created by Mark Chatterley, the sculpture depicts seven humanlike and gender-neutral figures in standing and seated positions. It was placed downtown Monday and caused consternation among some people who want it taken away.

The top of one figure’s head in Blue Human Condition is in the pelvic region of another figure, according to the newspaper.

“We’ve taken phone calls, we’ve taken emails,” city administrator Shane Horn said Friday. “We need to weigh all their concerns out, and make the best decision we can. It’s important to continue to weigh all of the feedback and make sure we don’t deny anyone the opportunity to give their opinion.”

Responding to the perceived sexual innuendo some associate with the sculpture, Chatterley told the newspaper he is disappointed by that feedback.

In part, “there is nothing sexual about the piece,” he said this week in an email.

The sculpture is intended to be one of seven pieces in Adrian’s 2014-15 Art Discovery public art program. A committee determined where the art pieces would be placed in the city, about 60 miles southwest of Detroit.

City officials could determine to keep Blue Human Condition where it is, place it somewhere else in Adrian or have it removed completely, Horn said.

“We will make a decision on what route we want to take with this” the first part of next week, he added. But “we know that some will not be pleased with the final decision.

“This is what art is, something to provoke discussion and thought. Art should not be censored and should be viewed.”

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Information from: The Daily Telegram, http://www.lenconnect.com

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