Civic Virtue

This strange “sculpture is known as an allegorical personification: a story or set of abstract ideas symbolized by the human form. The youthful male figure represents Virtue: honest, incorruptible city government. The writhing feminized sea creatures, caught up in netting, together represent the Vices over which Civic Virtue strives to triumph: treachery and corruption. is now in Greenwood Cemetery. It is controversial and sexist. “Controversy erupted as soon as the monument was unveiled. Civic Virtue was viewed as a male stomping upon two women and not as an allegorical personification.” Read all about it here: “Civic Virtue” Historical Marker (hmdb.org)

My opinion on this sort of controversial sculpture is to leave them up and use them as a teaching tool as they did with this one by posting a plaque with the text from the contents of the link I provided above.

4 thoughts on “Civic Virtue

  1. shoreacres 2021-12-17 / 8:24 am

    We’re slowly losing a shared cultural language that allows symbol and metaphor to be understood. When ideology triumphs over education, it’s a sad day.

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