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 last summer 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.”
But the opinion was not unanimous.
“I love her, especially from this angle,” said Geyserville businesswoman Gari Jones, as she stood toward the rear of the statue.
“No. 1, she’s not perfect. She’s thicker, like me. I like that she’s not anorexic,” she said.
Jones said her two daughters, aged 14 and 19, also like the piece.