Coalville city officials were worried when they saw what was happening to "Leaf Dancer," a sculpture by artist Milt Neeley.
The sculpture, erected on the town's main street as part of the Summit County Artscape public art show, was designed to look like a bush that's grown into the shape of a dancer.
"I actually hired a belly dancer as the model and she's dancing," said Neeley, of Hooper. "There's nothing wrong with it, nothing risque, but it's the shape of a woman that's covered in leaves."
While installing the sculpture, the artist wondered how long it would take for people to complain.
"It created quite a stir in Coalville," he said, adding that there were "those who thought it was art, and those who thought it was immoral."
It was soon after the installation that something strange started happening. In the black of night, someone was dressing the sculpture.
"She's been dressed like a nun," said Chantel Pace, city recorder. "She's been totally wrapped like a mummy. One day when it was raining, she had a rain poncho and umbrella. She's been a cheerleader and a football player."
Pace says city officials were concerned about Neeley's feelings.
"We didn't want him to think they were being disrespectful," she said. "But when Milt heard about it, he thought it was hilarious."
"Leaf Dancer" has also been costumed as a hula dancer, a zombie and a cave woman, and covered in balloons to look like a bunch of grapes. She's been used to answer a prom invitation, and welcome returning missionaries.
For a while, she got a new outfit almost every week.
Neeley says he likes the fact that people want to touch his metal creation.
"So for them to dress it, and do things with it, that's interaction -- it's expression," he said. "I really enjoyed that."
And so did the people of Coalville.
In September 2011, "Leaf Dancer" won the art show's People's Choice award and became a permanent town resident.