Bemidji takes a stand

The beaver is back!

A standing-room-only crowd at the Bemidji City Council convinced the city to restore “Gaea” to the Sculpture Walk. Sculpture? No. It’s a molded beaver that various artists painted to reveal whatever message they wished to reveal.

Deborah Davis’ interpretation was removed last week because a city official thought it too closely resembled a woman’s genitalia.

Said one supporter as told by the Bemidji Pioneer:


Kathryn Lavelle said “Gaea” depicted womanness, womanhood, feminine strength and beauty.

“I’m interested in knowing which of these things … Mr. Chattin or the council has an issue with,” she said.

After the vote restoring the beaver’s rightful place, a procession did the deed:

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