Plensa sculpture accused of anti-Semitism reinstalled in Shorewood
The Jaume Plensa sculpture "Spillover II," located in Atwater Park in Shorewood, was reinstalled today.
The sculpture was originally installed in 2010, but was temporarily removed on Nov. 14, due to a claim that the piece contained anti-Semitic phrases. At the time of the removal, the Village of Shorewood said in a statement that Plensa – whose other works include the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park and a sculpture of a listening glass, entitled "Breathing," created and dedicated as a memorial to journalists killed in the line of duty currently located in London – was "deeply saddened that his sculpture has been so egregiously misinterpreted." Shorewood officials also noted that Plensa's works and beliefs are the antithesis of anti-Semitism.
During its past two months removed from the public eye, the statue was altered to eliminate the supposed anti-Semitic words.
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With the controversy passed and the changes made, however, the altered edition of "Spillover II" was returned to Atwater Park and re-lit as of 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.
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