BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) ― The city manager's decision to remove one of nine beaver statues placed throughout Bemidji because of complaints it looked pornographic sparked a holiday weekend fight with the artist who created it.
Bemidji city manager John Chattin said he decided Thursday to remove the statue after receiving about 20 complaints.
That decision angered artist Deborah Davis — who said she didn't intend to offend or titillate — and from some community members and fellow artists who expressed their outrage on Facebook and the Web site of the Bemidji Pioneer. [...]
If we are only allowed to have bland, boring art on display, this is why: because people on all sides demand to get rid of anything they don't like. If I don't like something, I just don't like it, and go on my way.