Many upset over revealing sculptures near splash pad

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - There are nine bronze sculptures on display at Discovery Green in downtown Houston. The exhibit is called "Wings of the City," on display from the beginning of September until the end of February.

The works of art show a man in disguise. Sometimes he's wearing wings and a beak, but he isn't always wearing clothes.

One statue near the corner of McKinney and Crawford Streets is drawing the most criticism, showing a fully nude man with anatomically correct body parts.

"No, I don't think it's art," said Henry Lopez, who said he is so upset by the display that he contacted Local 2. "Oh, it's not art. It belongs in a strip club somewhere."

Lopez said he will no longer take his granddaughters, ages 12 and 14, to Discovery Green because he doesn't want them to see the sculptures.

"I don't think they should put it up there. To me, it's porn," he said.

Some parents said it isn't just the statue causing problems, but also its placement in the park; it's just steps away from the splash pad, where families and children gather.

"Yeah, that particular statue right there, I would not like my kids to look at it," said Blanca Flores.

"You know how children are curious." said Lucy Torres. "'Look mommy, he doesn't have his pants on.'"

A spokesperson for the park issued a statement, saying, "Discovery Green is proud to share the work of acclaimed international artist Jorge Marin with Houstonians. Offering a place to gather, reflect and celebrate, "Wings of the City" has been viewed by millions of people in more than 200 outdoor and indoor exhibits worldwide."

Many people at the park told Local 2 they enjoy the art, and said that's all it is -- art.

"I think it's a wonderful sculpture," said Alexander Perez. "It's anatomically correct, it's fine. It's normal."

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