"Defiance" Statue Was to be Discarded, Davis Says

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    Sculptor David Parvin
    David Parvin's "Defiance" is an object of attraction for many African American women.

    A 400-pound statue is headed back to Chicago State University.

    State Rep. Monique Davis, who earlier this week refused to give up the $25,000 piece of art, ironically named "Defiance," says she did so because she wasn't sure to whom it belonged.

    "It was never intended to be on display in Monique Davis' office.  It was here for protection because where it was supposed to be, had put it in a discard mode," she said, speaking of herself in the third-person.

    She said the statue was purchased with state funds that were slated to underwrite the now-defunct Student Financial Aid Center, and she wasn't about to simply turn it over to just anyone. 

    "I didn't want to send it back to Chicago State until I had a major assurance that it would be protected and carefully cared for," she said.

    She explained that the statue was brought to her by an Arnold Jordan, who, at the time, was the director for the Student Financial Assistance Outreach Center.   When the program was disbanded due to a lack of funding, Jordan said he was escorted by university personnel to warehouse to claim his personal belongings.  It was there where he discovered the statue.

    It was "lying on the floor with ... dirt, dust and broken furniture," Davis said.

     

    "Defiance" will be returned to the university on Friday.

    Newly installed president Wayne Watson, who is trying to revamp the school’s management procedures, uncovered the missing statue during a financial audit.