The city of Sugar Land, Texas, unveiled a new statue last week outside of its city hall building. The installment, which depicts two girls squatting side-by-side to take a “selfie,” sparked national backlash.
The statue was donated by local artist, Samuel "Sandy" Levin, and is part of a 10-piece collection according to the city's website. The plan received approval from the City Council in August 2013, and again in September 2014, according the site.
It’s unclear whether Levin intended the selfie piece to be serious, satirical or cynical. What is clear is that it has fueled widespread confusion and outrage:
So is the city of Sugar Land expecting us to take pictures with that statue of 2 girls taking a selfie? I'm embarrassed for everyone.— Gabby Vera (@Gabby Vera)1464300223.0
So apparently there's a 'selfie' statue somewhere? Uh...WHY?!— Beebarb (@Beebarb)1464785577.0
If you’re in Texas, you can worship at the feet of a statue celebrating selfies https://t.co/PkDeXOezf4— Jokes1979 (@Jokes1979)1464789594.0
Selfie statue in Texas! Art is supposed to make you feel something and if the artist was trying to piss people off I think he/she #succeeded— Codee Figueria (@Codee Figueria)1464788314.0
If sugar land is gonna have a statue of two girls taking a selfie then can I have a statue of me twerking?— Lee Drones (@Lee Drones)1464791209.0
Outside a city hall there is a statue of two people taking a selfie. We went from making statues of King David to... pic.twitter.com/6OwNhowmVo— Blake Belch (@BlakeBelchNC) June 1, 2016