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.
I will be posting a series of images over the next few days created from the photographs that I made on September 16, 2021. Most will be in black and white. These are not straight conversions from color to black and white. I edited them to create the mood I was after.