"Phil Kessel Fan" is right: It's a bad statue. I actually live in Portland, Maine, and can tell you that regardless of what the local fishwrapper has reported, the issues raised by the public art committee were manifold and not ranked in importance: bad sculpture, statue placement, presence of logos, and diversity issues. This isn't public art, it's an advertisement masquerading as art. There is nothing wrong or "liberal" with a public art committee. Portland cares about how it looks, and a public art committee is a valuable and worthwhile entity. The Portland Press Herald slanted its coverage from the outset regarding this story to make it seem as though the committee was worried only about diversity. That coverage elicited a strong response from local readers/ baseball fans (similar in tone to the knee-jerks I've read here) and the city council caved in and ignored the public art committee's vote. Now we're stuck with an ugly statue on a city sidewalk promoting an independent business that has just blackmailed the city to make major renovations to the city-owned ballpark (opened in 1997), threatening that the Red Sox will not renew its affiliation if the city doesn't foot the bill. There's your tribute to the wonderful support the people of Portland have shown the Sea Dogs.
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