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Indonesian theme park that consists of topless mermaid statues with bronze tops, in an attempt to ‘family-friendly’

The guests, and even the original sculptor, question Ancol Dreamland’s decision to bronze wraps around the statues’ breasts.
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A waterfront entertainment complex in Indonesia is suddenly concerned with the modesty of the mermaid images after the debut them more than 15 years ago.

Ancol Dreamland, located in Ancol Bay City, Jakarta, has decided to make the cover-up of the topless images, with bronze tops, a move park officials say that they are made in an attempt to create a more “family-friendly” atmosphere.

A spokesman told the BBC the decision was of the park itself and not one that was influenced by the “pressure from the outside.”

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“We are in the process of transformation of our family-friendly amusement park,” said Rika Lestari, a spokeswoman for a company that partially owns the park, in a statement to the outlet. The BBC further reported that the changes came in the middle of the park, efforts to supposedly respect “Eastern values.”

Of Tuesday, but the images were removed from their places outside the park is the Putri Duyung Resort following reports of the criticism and confusion of the guests, the Jakarta Post reported. Lestari had told the Jakarta Post the images were fixed “to make them look better.”

“They were the center of attention, so we are fixing them to improve them,” Lestari said.

By Tuesday, the images were removed from their places outside the park is the Putri Duyung Resort for “fixing.”
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News of the images’ removal comes after the guests, and even the original sculptor, questioned Ancol Dreamland decision and the motives.

“What they did was a close access of the public to enjoy art,” said the sculptor Dolorosa Sinaga in a statement to BBC Indonesia.

“The images do not disturb us,” added another parkgoer that a visit with her children. “It’s weird to see works of art will be covered, such as that.”

Many others on social media allegedly mocked the images’ recent look and to compare it with the coverage of Mariah Carey 1997 “Butterfly” album, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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A spokesman of the Ancol Dreamland could not confirm the Jakarta Post if the images would be placed back into the resort.

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