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Town Sparks Controversy Over Selfie Statue (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A selfie statue put up in front of a city hall in Texas has captured national attention.

The statue in Sugar Land, Texas, features two smiling teens taking a photo of themselves, Mashable reports.

Some are outraged over the statue, calling it a waste of taxpayer money, but their frustrations may be misplaced.

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The city revealed local resident Sandy Levin funded the unusual piece of public art.

"The inclusion of sculpture in the Town Square plaza aligns with the continued vision of the City and the Legacy Foundation’s commitment to establish cultural arts amenities that 'provide and/or support activities and facilities that enrich the artistic, cultural, educational and historical character of Sugar Land,'” the city said in a May 27 press release. “There was no objection to the donation and proposed location so the project progressed.”

The statue is part of a larger privately funded 10-piece collection designed to reflect Sugar Land's culture.

“The sculptures will be of people representing activities that occur in the Square,” the city said.

"The first bronze sculpture depicts a guitar player sitting on the ledge of a fountain facing City Walk. The second represents two girls taking a 'selfie' near a bench with City Hall in the background. Both show activities common in the plaza,” the press release noted.

While many find the sculpture unusual, the town may be right selfies are commonplace.

In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries announced “selfie” was its Word of the Year, a November 2013 Oxford Dictionaries press release reports.

Each year, the widely used dictionary chooses one word they say that “reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year” and has “lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.”

“Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000 percent since this time [in year 2012],” the company explained.

The origins of the word “selfie,” can be traced back to 2002 when it was used for the first time in an Australian online forum.

“Selfie” eventually gained momentum as a legitimate word throughout much of the English-speaking word.

Sources: Mashable, City of Sugar Land, Oxford Dictionaries / Photo credit: Jordan 180/Reddit

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