Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens http://kcur.org en Controversial Statue In OP Raises Questions About Nudity In Art http://kcur.org/post/controversial-statue-op-raises-questions-about-nudity-art <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arboretum-and-botanical-gardens/">Overland Park&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arboretum-and-botanical-gardens/">Arboretum and Botanical Gardens</a> has been home to a statue called <em>Accept or Reject</em> by Chinese sculptor Yu Chang since the fall of 2011. It's a bronze, mostly nude, headless sculpture of a woman taking a photograph of herself.</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:18:35 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 43856 at http://kcur.org Controversial Statue In OP Raises Questions About Nudity In Art Controversy In A Sculpture Garden http://kcur.org/post/controversy-sculpture-garden <p>The 300-acre <a href="http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/overland-park-arboretum-and-botanical-gardens/">Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens</a> garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:15:06 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 25496 at http://kcur.org Controversy In A Sculpture Garden Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding http://kcur.org/post/bare-breasted-statue-remains-jury-refuses-obscenity-finding <p>At Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat, a county grand jury has refused to find any violation of&nbsp; Kansas obscenity laws in display of a statue at an arboretum park in Overland Park. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:42:59 +0000 Dan Verbeck 26647 at http://kcur.org Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue http://kcur.org/post/city-officials-call-special-session-discuss-controversial-statue <p>The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the <a href="http://apps.opkansas.org/City-Government/Agendas-and-Minutes/City-Council/Agendas/2012/2012-09-12_Emergency_Special/agenda.html">agenda</a>: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s <a href="http://www.opkansas.org/Things-to-See-And-Do/Overland-Park-Arboretum-And-Botanical-Gardens">Arboretum and Botanical Gardens</a>. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:40:29 +0000 Laura Spencer 24403 at http://kcur.org City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture http://kcur.org/post/group-files-signatures-remove-controversial-sculpture <p>A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the <a href="http://www.opkansas.org/Things-to-See-And-Do/Overland-Park-Arboretum-And-Botanical-Gardens">Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens</a>. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:56:24 +0000 Steve Bell & Laura Spencer 23950 at http://kcur.org Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture Art Generates Controversy In Johnson County http://kcur.org/post/art-generates-controversy-johnson-county <p>Prompted by a recent visit to the <a href="http://www.opkansas.org/Things-to-See-And-Do/Overland-Park-Arboretum-And-Botanical-Gardens">Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens</a> with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called &quot;Accept or Reject&quot; (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as &quot;Choice&quot;) by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, <span class="st">an artist who also reportedly directs the<em> </em>Guangzhou<em> </em>Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum. </span> Thu, 24 May 2012 17:03:43 +0000 Laura Spencer 18245 at http://kcur.org Art Generates Controversy In Johnson County