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Bear, man sculpture now a little less bare

Sculpture Park places fence around piece

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 10:59 am, Thu Jan 16, 2014.

The statue “Bear Eats Man” featured at Socrates Sculpture Park is a bit more modest thanks to an 8-foot-tall stockade fence that covers three sides of the artwork.

In December, a Queens blogger named George the Atheist wrote a letter to the Parks Department complaining that the sculpture, which features a bear attacking a naked man from behind, is offensive and that it could represent beastiality.

According to the sculptor, Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, the piece shows the vulnerability of man in nature, not bestiality. It was featured in the “Emerging Artists Exhibition.”

When the piece was first placed in the fall, a tiny sign at the entrance of the park warned visitors — including young children — of the graphic content but George the Atheist said it wasn’t enough.

In response to the blogger’s concern, representatives at the park agreed to revisit the sculpture and come up with a way to limit its exposure without silencing the voice of the artist.

Now, in order to view the artwork, one must walk around the fence to take in the sculpture.

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