Traditionally, statues are erected to honor people, things, or ideas of note that have contributed something valuable and/or memorable to humanity. Traditionally, selfie takers aren't placed in that category. One Texas city begs to differ, however.
The city of Sugar Land, Texas recently received a donation of bronze statues from a resident that are currently being placed in various locations. Two were placed in the Town Square Plaza and meant to show activities that often occur there, one being of a guitar player and the other of two girls taking a selfie in front of City Hall. The backlash came quickly.
I personally see two sides to this. There's absolutely the more obvious take on the situation: it's a silly statute that is borderline offensive in its immortalization of an activity that's widely considered vain and annoying. On the other hand, there's no arguing that selfies are an integral part of our culture, and this statue isn't immortalizing the vanity of the act so much as the sharing of a moment between two people in front of a prominent structure. At least, I would assume that was the intention in placing it there. Perhaps that intention was too muddled or misguided, however. It seems that the ire that the selfie draws may have overshadowed it as the instrument of a moment and turned it into the moment itself.
What are your thoughts? Is the statue inappropriate? Or is it properly acknowledging how we often capture and share moments in today's age?
Lead image by Flickr user Travis Wise, used under Creative Commons.
[via Click 2 Houston]