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1 October survivors fume over artwork they find 'insulting'

Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 16:49:20-05

Shawna Bartlett is still traumatized by that terrifying night. She still suffers from nightmares of bullets raining down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"I still don't sleep. I hardly eat," Bartlett said. "I still see a counselor once a week."

When she saw a particular picture on social media, the visions of carnage flashed before her eyes. The image is a piece of art called “Soundsuit” by an artist named Nick Cave. It shows a body with what, some say, looks like to be a bullseye for a head.

"That's a very offensive to me as a survivor," Bartlett said. 

"It's almost like saying humans are a target," said Stacie Armentrout, another survivor.
The artwork, posted on the Facebook page for MGM Resorts Art and Culture and, until recently, on display in the shopping plaza at the Bellagio, owned by MGM International. Armentrout wants the post and the artwork removed. "out of respect for all of the victims. It should have been brought down," Armentrout.
The exhibit went on display years before the mass shooting. It's now on display at an art festival in Miami Beach.
A spokesperson for MGM sent a written statement, which read, "We are sorry for the confusion around this piece of art that has been a part of the Bellagio collection for some time. The piece is being misinterpreted and that its true nature is best experienced in person."  
Armentrout responded "(it) doesn't matter. It's still a human with a target for a head, and it needs to come down."