Seattle Statue Controversy: "A Thinly Veiled Homage To Pedophilia"…

03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Howe Verhovek Los Angeles Times

SEATTLE — Stuart Smailes was a jolly, potbellied man, proudly gay, with a walrus mustache and a passion for Broadway shows, merry-go-rounds and calliopes, his friends say.

But most of all, he was an art buff — so much of a buff that he left a $1-million bequest for a fountain sculpture to the city of Seattle, with an unusual stipulation: It had to include a naked man.

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