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On the Fourth of July weekend, the city of St. Louis opened a playground/garden/art exhibit called City Garden. It encompasses two city blocks with water features the kids can play in, native plants beautifully arranged, and sculptures.

The guide that the nice administrators give visitors says about the head spouting children out of its eyes:

Eros Bendato [Eros Bound] has the feel of an ancient relic that has been excavated and reconstructed. Artist Igor Mitoraj is inspired by ancient cultures and particularly characters from Greek and Roman mythology. In this sculpture, the dismembered head of Eros, the Greek god of love and desire, lies on its side. The bandages that wrap Eros’s face suggest that the eyes and mouth have been covered, indicating that desires and ideas have been imprisoned. The bandages also symbolize two opposing views of the world–either that civilization is broken beyond repair, or that it is being held together despite destructive forces.

Hmmm. Maybe. But the little girls just think it’s fun to peek out of the eyes. One of them told me that the statue needs to blow his nose.

Here’s what the park people have to say about Kindly Gepetto:

American sculptor, Tom Otterness, creates cast bronze sculptures inspired by fairy tales, cartoons and early animation. His work often appears comical but carries a serious message. In Kindly Gepetto, Gepetto, a carpenter and the fictional creator of Pinnochio, is about to hammer the poor puppet. Pinnochio wants only to be a real boy, but first he must prove himself truthful and be able to tell right from wrong. Otterness explores this complicated relationship between the creator and his creation.

Ya think? I dunno. That sounds like a fancy schmancy analysis of a sculptor with a slightly warped sense of whimsy.