Friday, July 21, 2006

Good Artwork Is Supposed To Make You Think

The mother of all controversies? Hardly. The quarrel over a statue in front of the Ogle County Judicial Center is nothing new. Public art is always contentious.

On behalf of a local artists group, sculptor David Seagraves donated a statue to Ogle County to honor its agricultural roots. He originally called the statue, which will be cast in bronze, “Demeter Over Illinois.”

The Ogle County Board, fearing offense to citizens, changed the name to “Agriculture, Mother of Civilization.” Some board members worried the reference to Greek mythology and its worship of many gods might offend Christians. Full Story

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