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Art in Richland carries a message

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- It turns out a new piece of artwork in Richland has a secret meaning. Karina Thorne says she has tried to get a basketball court built at Paul Liddell Park for years, but couldn't get approval from the city. She says homeowners feared the court would draw unruly teenagers into the neighborhood. Artwork was approved for the area, so she asked an artist to create a regulation basketball court with children chained and unable to play.

"It's what it should be. There's just something missing. They're still wanting to move and you can bounce them around, shake them around, they can move, they're kids they're vibrant, but they're still chained," explained Katrina.

Thorne says she hopes the art will make people in her neighborhood think, and maybe one day they can add a court that kids can play on.