Texas Town Commemorates Selfie Culture By Building A Statue

A local resident donated selfie statues as part of a 10-piece collection to the Sugar Land Memorial Park in Texas.

Snapping a selfie can now last forever, at least it can in Sugar Land, Texas.

Sandy Levin, a local resident, donated two cast-bronze, selfie sculpture-like statues as part of a 10-piece collection for the town's public art installation in the town, according to Mashable.

The donation of the sculptures was first discussed at a Parks and Recreation advisory meeting three years ago, in which no one objected to the generous offer.

One of the goals that the city and the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation are trying to achieve is to “provide and/or support activities and facilities that enrich the artistic, cultural, educational, and historical character of Sugar Land,” according to an executive summary at a recent parks and recreation meeting.

The city and the advisory board have agreed that the sculptures in the park align with their mission to provide artistic expression in the town, which is one of many reasons why they decided to move forward with placing the donated sculptures in the park.

One statue depicts two women smiling, preparing to take a selfie with a cell phone. The second statue is of a man wearing sunglasses while grinning, sitting down, and playing the guitar.

The 10-piece collection is set to be distributed among Sugar Land Memorial Park, Oyster Creek Park and Fire Station 4 in First Colony.

Many locals were dissatisfied with the implementation of the statues in the park due to the fact that they believed the cost of the statues were coming out of taxpayers’ own pockets, when in fact, it was not because it was donated by a local resident.

"It is silly to commemorate 'selfies.' It will be a remind of how self-absorbed our society has become," Rita Miriam said on Fox News' Facebook post of the story. 

We need to sit and contemplate whether a permanent fixture of selfie statues is necessary, just a funny joke, or maybe, a mixture of both. 

The rise of the selfie culture in recent years has led to this current epidemic of creating sculptures in order to permanently remember when we took a selfie or two in our lives. 

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