Mother says OP seeks damages to $132,000 sculpture her boy toppled

After a 5-year-old accidentally fell a sculpture displayed at Overland Park's Tomahawk Ridge Recreation center, his mom was stunned to get an insurance provider letter seeking to recover damages to the $132,000 art work.

"It's clear accidents happen and this was a mishap," Sarah Goodman said Thursday about the occurrence May 19 at the neighborhood center that involved her 5-year-old boy. "I don't desire to lessen the value of their art. I can't pay for that."

The city responded that its insurance provider is contractually obliged to connect to the responsible celebration when public property is damaged. The art work was on a stand inside the recreation center at 11902 Lowell Ave.Goodman stated

her household, including her husband and 4 children, were attending a wedding reception at the center that afternoon and were preparing yourself to leave. She said they were biding farewell to the bride-to-be's daddy when there was a turmoil right around the corner.

"Our kids were well-supervised and well-behaved," she said. "We were just standing down the corridor following the couple out."

Goodman stated she didn't see precisely what took place but saw the sculpture on the ground, and it didn't look severely damaged.

"He probably hugged it," Goodman stated of her son. "Maybe my kid hugged a torso because he's a loving, sweet good young boy who just graduated from preschool."

Goodman also stated the piece was unguarded at a congested community center that was busy that day with lots of kids and families. While other smaller sized art pieces were confined in cases, this one was not.

"It had to be sealed," she stated, including that it was a security threat to other children. "They clearly didn't protect it securely."

Goodman stated no one from the city has actually asked whether her boy was OK, and she was stunned to receive a letter from Travelers. She opened the letter this week after the family returned from trip.

"This loss occurred when your son was in a closed location of the residential or commercial property and toppled a glass sculpture. Under common law in Kansas, you are responsible for the supervision of a small kid and your failure to monitor them throughout this loss might be thought about negligent," the letter said, asking for her insurance coverage information. "The expense of the sculpture harmed is estimated at $132,000."

Overland Park city spokesperson Sean Reilly stated the artwork was on loan to the city and was the city's obligation. He stated that years earlier, the City board authorized art pieces in city facilities, consisting of the Matt Ross and Tomahawk Ridge recreation center, and sees art as a tourist attraction for its public buildings.

"The city has a responsibility to file a claim with our insurance company, and we do that any time city home is harmed," Reilly stated Thursday. "It will be up to the insurance provider to obtain this worked out."

The art was entitled "Aphrodite di Kansas City" and was the work of Kansas City artist Bill Lyons. He stated it was sent to an art exhibit and sale that started April 6 and ended June 10. He valued the piece at $132,000, which was the asking price.Lyons stated the piece was made from small pieces of glass and other products and was distinct. He stated the task, which took 2 years to complete, was the most ambitious piece he has ever done. The back of the head was shattered, and parts of each arm were harmed, to the degree that it can not be repaired to its initial condition, Lyons said. He did not have insurance for the piece. "I wish to be reimbursed for the quantity

of time that I invested in it and for what I believe it deserves," he said.Lyons declined to comment about how the work was harmed and whether it

was the moms and dads' duty or the city's to make sure the art work was protected from kids or public threat. Inning accordance with a police report, a number of officers were contacted us to the neighborhood that night about a "disruption." One officer stated he consulted with Goodman in the car park, and she said her child had injuries to his face and went through a distressing experience. The officer informed Goodman it was a civil matter and saw security video of the occurrence."It appears (the child)attempted to get on the statue, causing the statue to end up being unstable and fall forward,"the report said.Another officer spoke with a recreation center official and watched the video."The involved child stops in front of the statue and then rises, getting part of the statue and pulling on it,"the report stated."A minute later, the upper portion of the statue starts to topple forward. The kid attempts to catch it but he can not. The top of the statue falls to the ground, breaking in several places. "In an interview with The Star, Goodman was determined that her kids were well-supervised and she was not negligent.She said she hopes her insurance company can get this solved.