|Rapid City, South Dakota - City of Presidents|
When we were in Rapid City, South Dakota last summer, I noticed that the town square was both a wonderful community gathering spot and a showcase for their collection of bronze statues of U.S. Presidents. So, I was excited to find out that the town where I attended high school started putting up statues around their own Town Square last week. I just had to stop and take a look.
|Sugar Land, Texas - Guitar player statue|
Other than the huge statue of "Father of Texas" Stephen F. Austin in the middle of the fountain, the statues around the Sugar Land Town Square are meant to portray activities townspeople typically do when gathering around there. So, if I were to be immortalized as a Sugar Land statue, I would most likely be sipping Starbucks coffee or eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I think the artists were aiming for something less commercialized... like guitar playing.
A second statue installed at the same time also aims to capture the community's zeitgeist.
Yes, it's a statue of two girls taking a selfie in front of City Hall. When archeologists uncover this centuries from now, they will have hard evidence of one of the defining cultural phenomenons of the 2010's — the selfie. Some people hate it. Some people find it hilarious. (Note: The statues are donated by a resident and are not paid for with taxpayer money.)
What do I think? When in
|Taking a selfie with the Selfie Statue|
Do you take selfies? Or are they, as some critics claim, ridiculously narcissistic?
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