Kansas woman says city wants $132K for toppled sculpture

Lawrence Kim
June 18, 2018

The boy's family have since been issued an insurance company letter demanding US$132,000 in compensation, with the statue's creator Bill Lyons claiming the statue was irreparably damaged as a result of the child's antics.

Several days later, the boy's mom got a letter from the insurance company of the city of Overland Park, which runs the community center, asking for $132,000 in damages. One of her kids was hugging a glass mosaic torso, which toppled over and broke into pieces.

Goodman says her family does not have the means to pay for the damage, and is speaking with their homeowner's insurance about the matter.

Surveillance video captured Sarah Goodman's five-year-old son hugging a sculpture on display before it topples over on top of him. If wedding receptions are indeed held here, and this is allegedly the case for the event underway in which the accident occurred, it seems ill-advised that an artifact worth six-figures be displayed in this manner at a social function where alcohol may be served or imbibed regardless of whether a cash bar is present.

After rushing to help, the boy's mother, Sarah Goodman, soon learned the sculpture's price tag.

Ms Goodman says her children were well-supervised and she wasn't negligent. "It was a piece that was loaned to us that we are responsible for". "We are responsible to protect the public investment". She also said the city should have protected it better.

"It's in the main walkway", she told local media.

"He's honestly been having bad dreams every night", she said. "There wasn't even a sign around it that said, 'Do not touch'".

The artist who made the Aphrodite says it is damaged beyond fix and that $132,000 was its price point before the accident. How is your son holding up?

"See what the insurance company says and they're going to take it to lawyers".

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