Downtown Denison's new 'Selfie Girl' statue
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — On Saturday, the City of Denison celebrated the grand opening of The Four Lions Building, while unveiling a new statue named "Selfie Girl."
While no public funds were used to establish this new landmark, many citizens took to Facebook to question its relevancy to the history of downtown Denison.
The Denison Chamber of Commerce clarified after the unveiling that the organization did not pay for the statue. "Selfie Girl" was commissioned by several local business developers and was created by artist Jake Dobscha. The statue sits in front of The Uniquely Posh Giftery, a new business owned by Linda Beckwith.
"I know there's been some controversy over it, but I think that it's an addition to the community of Denison," Beckwith said. "I know it's different than what we have, but this is to the interpretation of who's looking at it."
One of the investors, Rhonda Borgne added: "'Selfie Girl' pays homage to the Western and historic flair of Denison, while embracing the now and the future."
The investors and artist hope the sculpture brings people together in downtown Denison. The girl in the state is wearing a large hat with a yellow jacket tucked into the brim, attempting to photo bomb her picture.