A new bronze turtle sculpture at a playground is getting so hot that it is burning children who touch it, parents say.
‘Myrtle the Turtle’ was installed at the Myrtle Street Playground in Boston, Massachusetts last month – but the summer weather has reportedly been super-heating the sculpture to dangerous levels.
At least three formal complaints have been submitted to the city so far as officials work to find a solution to the issue, Universal Hub reported.
One person wrote: ‘My 5-year-old son burned his finger on the turtle this morning. Zoom in you can see the agony in his face. This turtle is a liability on a playground. Please remove.’
Another complaint showed a person holding a temperature scanner above the sculpture that read ‘133.7F.’
‘The metal turtle at the Myrtle St Playground was 133 degrees today. Kids are getting burned. It is dangerous and should not be in a playground. Please remove the turtle from the playground,’ the complaint continued.
Nancy Schön, the artist who created the sculpture in the likeness of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, has since apologized to the parents whose children have been burned, but said there is likely a simple solution.
Schön said: ‘I’m really sorry anybody got hurt, but this is something I think can be taken care of very easily and doesn’t have to be such a big deal.
She continued: ‘My apologies to these mothers, but I do think that it’s not appropriate to act so quickly.’
A plastic blue tarp now covers the turtle – modeled after the most endangered turtle species in the world – as a temporary fix as city officials consider their options to remedy the issue.
Ryan Woods, spokesman for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, told The Boston Globe: ‘It could mean either removing the turtle or putting a canopy up.’
A statement from the city read: ‘Because of the level of concern expressed by playground users, we have one of our playground design firms currently designing a shade structure for the turtle.’
Many parents have also said that the sculpture should stay and that parents should teach their children not to touch hot metal objects.
On Facebook, one user wrote: ‘Wow…. cover a nice sculpture instead of telling parents to keep their kids off…these parents obviously didn’t grow up with metal slides.’
Another said: ‘Then parents keep your children off the piece! It’s a sculpture not a play thing. When will parents take responsibility?.’
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