Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

KC Currents
9:18 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Controversial Statue In OP Raises Questions About Nudity In Art

Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens has been home to a statue called Accept or Reject 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.

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Visual Arts
11:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Controversy In A Sculpture Garden

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 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.

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Government
9:42 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding

The statue at the Overland Park arboretum will remain.

At Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat, a county grand jury has refused to find any violation of  Kansas obscenity laws in display of a statue at an arboretum park in Overland Park.

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Visual Arts
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Flickr user 39_Steps

The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the agenda: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Visual Arts
5:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture

Flickr user BSevett

A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Visual Arts
12:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Art Generates Controversy In Johnson County

"Accept or Reject" by Yu Chang

Prompted by a recent visit to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called "Accept or Reject" (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as "Choice") by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, an artist who also reportedly directs the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum.

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