To restate my aim, I believe the statue should be removed not because it is offensive but because it is ugly and reflects poorly on our city. I call on the mayor to more closely oversee the art exhibit in the future.
The statue of "Seagull Cinderella" by Donna Dodson of Boston is ridiculous and makes our city look like a joke. With New Bedford's rich history, we do not want visitors' lasting impressions to be [this]. What a waste. It needs to go. Remove it, or replace it with something beautiful.
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Follow up on July 20:
I never said it wasn't art, but it is bad art. Good art is part of the New Bedford culture. Tacky is part of tacky... and this sculptor is from BOSTON. While some cultures have represented concepts such as fertility through breasts, this piece has no intention or relevance to anything except being "whimsical."
The exhibit was a surprise even to the city council. It may well not represent the seaport. Good art can include nude art; David and Venus, for example, elevate one's thoughts to higher things, the human condition.
Where does [seagull] direct your mind, soul, or emotions when you see it? For most people it seems to evoke mild disgust or juvenile humor. Is this what our city is about? All the tourists to the ferries, whaling museum, and local cruises go by the seagull.
PLEASE SHARE. Let's get a lot of signatures before it is submitted to the addressees.
Dear Mayor Mitchell and Members of the City Council:
The enclosed petition urges you to immediately remove or replace the "Cinderella Seagull" statue on Route 18. This artwork is embarrassing, not from a local artist, and irrelevant to our beautiful city's history and culture. In the future, we want better oversight of the selection of the pieces and the consultation of the elected city council.