She's big, green and the talk of the town in Cloverdale

  • Downtown Cloverdale is home to several large pieces of art, but this sculpture by comparison has led to numerous discussions about what is art and what isn't, Friday Nov. 1, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

It's hard to miss the bright green sculpture of the naked woman in downtown Cloverdale and it's doing what art is intended to do — get people talking.

Both loved and hated, "The Listener" continues to spark conversation since it was installed in late spring on a sidewalk along Cloverdale Boulevard.

It's not so much the lack of clothing that's getting attention, but the pose and orientation of the piece.

The rotundity of the somewhat exaggerated backside greets pedestrians walking north on the sidewalk, or drivers turning in and out of Second Street.

It prompts smiles and has even led to pranks, with people dressing the statue with a yarn skirt for a little more modesty.

Some observers think "the green lady" or "big green lady," as she's been dubbed, is in poor taste.

"It's something I wouldn't put in the downtown, especially when you're coming into town. You want to welcome people. You want to make it family-friendly," said Mary Kasprick of Seattle, who was beginning a "mother-daughter weekend" Friday.

"It's right there at your face," she said, wrinkling her nose in the direction of the sculpture.

"It's a little strong," agreed her daughter, Theresa Kasprick of San Francisco.

"It's slightly gross" is how George Wilson, a retired Cloverdale engineer, described the work as he paused next to the piece. "It's slightly offensive."

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