Recently, a sculpture called JOURNEY TO THE NEW by Itzik Asher has been making waves in Delray Beach, Florida. The abstract figurative sculpture depicts three nude figures, and represents Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Ethiopia. The problem: the sculpture is visible from the entrance of a local middle school, and the school's PTA believes that the nude figures are inappropriate for their children.
The sculpture is privately owned, and resides on the property of a private shopping center, but the PTA is petitioning the city to force the owner to move the sculpture. You can read more on this issue in this article from the Palm Beach Post.
Nudity is nothing new in public art, but is it appropriate?
Photo courtesy of Brandon Kruse/Pam Beach Post