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Business Covers Nude Statues With Sarongs

April 10, 2004

HARTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A garden center’s nude statues proved a bit immodest for some in this small town. G & L Garden Center responded to complaints by covering up the classical-style statues with stylish, two-piece crimson velvet sarongs.

It turns out leaving a little to the imagination meant a lot more customers for the $99.95 ornaments. Six statues have sold in the past couple weeks alone, and the attempt at roadside modesty is stopping traffic.

``He wanted to stop when he saw the naked women and the bikinis,″ Joan Philpot said of her husband of 50 years, Bill.

And yes, some customers are peeking.

``They are pulling the tops and looking underneath,″ said G & L co-owner Angie Langford. ``They wonder what we’re hiding.″

Langford doesn’t know who made the anonymous calls complaining about the yard art in this town of 3,500 about 40 miles northeast of Nashville.

Workers across the street at Hartsville Gas didn’t seem bothered by their full view of the statues.

``I guess some people just don’t appreciate art,″ said gas technician Brad Smith.

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