Public Garden - weird statues

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    Public Garden - weird statues

    I am so bored at work today there is nothing left on the internet for me to read.

    I have a friend in town and we were walking around the common and the garden yesterday and came across this statue.  Does it seem a little weird to anyone else?  I really just question the adult who picked it out.

     
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    Ewww.  I've never seen that one.  Is it newly placed?  I thought I'd recognize any statue on the Common...  It's disturbing.
     
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    I think it has been there.  I told my sister about last night and she said she noticed it a couple years ago and thought it was odd.
     
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    I was going to assure you that it had been there a while, but a google search confirmed that it has indeed been there since 1924, according to the mayor's office.  :)  Sculpted by Anna Coleman Watts Ladd.  It is a non-circulating fountain, so I think they don't turn it on any more (?). 

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/05/taxpayer_dollars_flowing_from_citys_majestic_fountains/

    http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/gallery/Bostons_flowing_and_sometimes_barren_fountains?pg=14

    publicartboston.com/PDF/100-PublicArtworks-interpretation.pdf

     
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    by "new" I guess I really meant within the last 13 years since I graduated from BU in 1996 and essentially stopped frequenting the Common. Wow, I really shouldn't have said "new."  Sigh. Time marches by a quite a clip...
     
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        It would be a very common statue in Europe, and in the US  back in the days before when people read something sexual into everything.  Kids playing, that is all it is.  Once you could play in several of the fountains, not just the common wading pool.

    They would be playing under a waterfall if the fountain were ever on.

    Get your mind off of society's current obsession with naked or near naked kids meaning pedophilia  and think, kids playing like in a bath.
     
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    I don't think it's that weird.  It looks like 2 brothers playing - one riding the other like a horse and raising his hand to say 'giddyup'.  Yeah, they are naked, but the kids look to be under the age of 5 so it's perfectly okay for them to be running around naked at that age. :-)  My MIL has photos of my DH and his brother doing stuff like this when they were kids [and they grew up in FL so they wore as little clothing as possible when they were little], so I don't think it's that weird. 
     
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    Do people really let their 5 year olds play naked?  I don't have siblings (at least none that I didn't aquire long after that age via marriage) so I really don't know.
     
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    Boys? Sure!  Esp if they are in a secluded area like where my DH grew up.  It as the middle of nowhere back then and his closest neighbor next door was his grandfather's house on one side and his uncle's house on the other.  He has a male cousin about the same age, and his next oldest brother is 2 years older than he is. They ran around naked like heathens b/c they were on the water and other than family, no one was around for miles.

    My sisters are 5 and 8 years younger than I am and I know they ran around naked getting ready for baths and in the house.  Or the backyard if they were in the kiddie pool and their bathing suits got annoying.  There are naked photos of me in my grandmother's fenced in back yard along w/ a hose and kiddie pool.  I was about 3.  I also remember going fishing for tadpoles in my underwear when I was about 5 w/ another neighborhood girl. My mom doesn't know about that one.  lol.  There is also a photo of me in the tub w/ my female cousin and we were about 3 or so.  We were rocking the shampoo mohawks.

    In today's day and age, I think kids are more covered up unless they are in a less populated area.  But if no one is around, other than family, who cares? There's a huge difference between nudity and sexuality.  They can be mutually exclusive, and should be when kids are involved. 
     
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    I can see that, but I guess I just don't like the statue.

    The shampoo mohawk - those were awesome.
     
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    Girls love running around naked too.  For years my youngest would shed her clothes as soon as she stepped into the house.  We walked the tightrope between nudity is natural and please don't open the front door with no clothes on ("why not?").  School at six was a transition to full time attire and a permanent love affair with all things fashion.

    So that statue probably does represent a different time, but I don't care much for it either.  
     
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    US Society's "obsession" is a result of the growing awareness of the huge child prostitution and online child pornography industry.  According to the FBI, child prostitution and pornography is more widespread in the US than ever before.  Going to your local police station and seeing the pictures of all of the level 3 offenders in your neighborhood is alarming.

    European countries have always been more comfortable with public nudity than the US, but unfortunately people in this country have reason to be uneasy.  The statue is from another time and I am not alarmed by it but I can see why those from a younger generation might find it odd. 
     
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    there are plenty of child molesters in Europe too. The US is just way more prudish than Europe. Forbidden fruit is more tempting, the more we repress the more fetishes exist. Art used to get a pass, but now people can't seem to separate nudity from sexuality.
    Haven't you all seen those fountains of little boys peeing? I think this one is pretty tame compared to that.

    Did anyone see the ice sculptures in the Common? They had a statue of David, but to get around the nudity they just made it an "in process" with a little Michaelangelo carving him. It's sad to think you really need to censor one of the most famous works of art.
     

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