Let me be the first to apologize for the idiots who took it on themselves to defile the Gaea statue. I have followed the continuing debate concerning the piece for the last few months. Personally, I had to look at it quite a while before I could figure out what people were taking offense to as the beauty in the painting and detail was what caught my eye as I looked at it.
As a community, we should be proud of the number of artists we have in our area. I believe that the display of art is the one thing our city is doing right. I think all of this energy used in discussion of what constitutes art could better be used to work on solving the problems Bemidji has. Hopefully Gaea can be restored, the perpetrators found and we go on with our lives.