With reciprocal respect Mr. Fireball Junior I do believe there are thousands who do care but for a variety of reasons missed the widespread media exposure. Regretfully and to my embarrassment I was one of them. I do realize that any attempt to get Tom Otterness’s sculptures removed is very much a long shot and is probably not going to happen. But some things in life are worth the effort to me this is one of them. McDonald’s, unlike our Rochester Memorial Art Gallery is not a non-profit educational institution that depends on public funding. Are you really proud to have this artist associated with our city? http://www.underdogs4justice.com/In-His-Ow…
We are deeply disappointed that MAG decided to proceed with the installation of Otterness sculptures after they became aware of the horrific film he made and in spite of protest from the Rochester community. Both NYC and San Francisco refused to display Otterness sculpture, so why did Rochester not follow their lead?
“Despite protests and petitions drawn up in opposition to the Otterness commission, Holcomb says that the gallery lost no more than two dozen members. In fact, it actually gained new members who wanted to show their support, and had 25,000 more people attend gallery events in the past year than the year before, according to Holcomb.”
Mr. Holcomb needs to consider that the majority of their members and most of the Rochester community are still unaware of the film Otterness made. We at Craft Company No.6 are committed to spreading the word and encouraging people to sign the petition to have the sculptures by Otterness removed. We do understand that “The Memorial Art Gallery has every right to select this work for their collection based on the value of the artist as an artist and not the ethics of the artist as a person.” But why select this artist when they had the option to choose someone who was not so offensive to so many? Is this work so superior? I doubt there are many who think it is.
For us this is not about “forgiveness” or “giving a second chance”. It is about MAG’s disregard for the level of disgust and upset these sculptures cause to a very large segment of the Rochester community. They are on the corner of a very busy intersection in our Neighborhood of the Arts and a reminder of an award given to a very sick individual who committed an act of horrific animal cruelty. They are a slap in the face to those who love animals and value human compassion.
We hope you will join us in signing the petition to have these sculptures removed.
Lynn Allinger and Gary Stam, owners Craft Company No.6
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