Boy trapped in sculpture sparks debate online

A 7 year old boy was extricated from a sculpture sparking debate on whether children should be brought to art exhibitions.

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A 7 year old boy was extricated from a sculpture at Shelter Cove Community Park in the U.S by firefighters after the boy wedged his knee in between the metal tubing of the spirals of the sculpture.

According to The Islan Packet, the maker of the sculpture, artist John Clement over the last 20 years, has created hundreds of sculptures installed in cities worldwide.

The New York-based Clement said he was stunned to learn a 7-year-old boy had to be extricated from his sculpture Carocol on Saturday at Shelter Cove Community Park by firefighters after the boy wedged his knee in between the metal tubing of the spirals.

"That is a first for me," Clement said. "I'm certainly glad he got out okay."

The boy's mother, Kelly Andersen, said her son Jacob was climbing the statue when he fell, lodging his knee in between the sculpture. He was freed by Head Island Fire & Rescue Division, who use a surgical lubricant . The boy was uninjured, said Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Joheida Fister, spokesman for the fire and rescue division.

Jacob's struggle touched off a firestorm of debate on Hilton Head and online on how the sculpture should be displayed and if it should be climbed on.

Clement, who has had sculptures installed across the United States and in countries such as Australia and Switzerland, said his sculpture is meant to be interacted with. The sculptures are installed outside so people can touch it or sit on it, he said.

Clement said his children, ages 9 and 7, regularly climb on his sculptures when they're in his New York studio, although he recommended not trying to climb as high as Jacob did Saturday.

"They have to got to realize it's not a playground," he said. "I don't advise climbing to the top of it. A bus shelter is not meant to be climbed, but people do it all the time."

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