The Register has obtained a picture of the sculpture removed from a gallery at BGSU Firelands that sparked protests and public debate about censorship.
While Bowling Green State University has denied public record requests seeking an image of “The Middle School Science Teacher Makes a Decision He’ll Live to Regret” by sculptor James Parlin, a BGSU Firelands student snapped a photo of the sculpture on his cell phone before the exhibit closed.
This is what the artist had to say about the sculpture:
“The piece of sculpture that was removed from the exhibition is based on the story of a man who today is in prison for the things he did. It shows a crime being committed. It is not a graphic piece, and it condemns the crime. It shows a man who, in the very act of committing the crime, is staring ahead at a future of disgrace and ruin. Crime should be punished. Artwork about crime and its consequences, however, is entirely suitable for adults to look at and consider. Art helps us to think about right and wrong, compulsion and restraint, and actions and consequences."
What do you think?