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Nude statues prompt changes

If the City of Sault Ste. Marie decides to install any more nude statues, the approval process is likely to be different.
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If the City of Sault Ste. Marie decides to install any more nude statues, the approval process is likely to be different.

Most councillors and staff agreed Monday night that valuable lessons were learned from last year's fiasco over the controversial statues at John Rhodes Community Centre.

Last November, three sculptures by Michael Burtch were removed shortly after they were installed, amid charges that nude figures were inappropriate for public buildings.

The three works, valued at a total of $15,000, were later reinstalled at the direction of Council.

On Monday, Council approved recommendations that, in future, would require better communication among all parties involved, and better understanding of their respective roles.

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