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A blue tarp now covers a sculpture which was installed Monday in Downtown Adrian between the police station and city chambers.  It is down the street from the public library.

The city plans to remove the piece and replace it with another after parents complained it’s a sexually suggestive statue they don’t want to have to explain to their kids.

"It doesn't take much to the imagination that some people will look at this and automatically find it offensive,” says Adrian Mayor Jim Berryman.

The sculpture titled “Blue Human Condition” by Mark Chatterley, an artist from Williamston located near Lansing, was chosen to be part of the city’s Art Discovery public art trail.

It features seven human figures without sex organs leaning against each other.

"If it was in a building that housed art and sculpture, you're making a concerted effort to go into that building and view that. In this case, people driving by or walking by really don't have that option to turn away,” says Shane Horn, Adrian City Administrator.

The man who made the sculpture tells 13abc he is disappointed.  “This is one of the least controversial pieces … There is no sex act going on.  The figures are mostly androgynous,” says Chatterley.

Alexandra Hammersley-Murray, a local artist, says the sculpture is not sexual in nature.  She plans to protest the city’s decision calling it art censorship.

“It is a dangerous precedent for the City to set in caving to the political/religious pressure of a few individuals who choose to see what is not there, nor was intended by the artist.”

"When I look at it, I think of people supporting each other,” says Devyn Bice of Adrian who started an online petition called #savethebluehumans. "It's art. Adrian is a very art-oriented city. So I think it's really important for people to understand it's important to keep the statue."

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