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Billboards Of Scout Sculpture Taken Down

Associated Press - October 1, 2013 11:30 am

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Two artist-created billboards showing a rifleman pointing at an iconic Kansas City sculpture of an American Indian on horseback have been taken down.

The billboards from artist A. Bitterman drew complaints after they went up last week in the Crossroads Arts District near downtown. They were supposed to remain on display until Oct. 21 but were removed Monday.

Kansas City Indian Center outreach coordinator Moses Brings Plenty had opposed the work as a symbol of racism and hatred. He said he was “very glad” the billboards were gone.

Bitterman rented the billboards and said on his website that “The Scout” sculpture shown on them depicts what whites wanted the American Indian to be. He says his work is “confronting that narrative.”

Associated Press information from: The Kansas City Star

Anita Mann

October 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

So apparently yet another idiotic “artists” statement?

Glenn Franks

October 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

My question is. Why would the city allow someone to rent the billboard for this statement. At least they did the right thing and take it down

Red Neck

October 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

No longer do we have people who do art because they are artist’s. This is why we suffer here in Salina with all the art crap done by people who do not know the first thing about art. That Art piece on south 9th is a prime example. Or another would be the art in front of the police station or the chamber of commerce. There has been some nice piece’s of art purchased by some business’s that were on display on Santa Fe but for the most part what the city has purchased has been junk and now they want to put more of it on the Greely Street Bridge if and when they get to work on that which the commissioners have on the back burner for some reason.

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