One person’s art is another person’s trash

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cut-red-tape-01.JPGArt project mistaken for vandalism is vandalized
June 3, 2007
The Associated Press

Ashland, Ore. (AP) - An art project that was mistaken for vandalism was the target of vandals who destroyed the exhibit last week.

The artist, Paul Messenger, said the piece was a commentary on society’s apathy to its problems, but was left for interpretation by the viewer.

The exhibit in the Southern Oregon University art courtyard and art buildings consisted of 36,000 feet of red tape. It was titled “The Depravity of Society Juxtaposed Against the Apathy of Contemporary Culture” and scheduled to be shown through July 2 as a final project in an art course taught by professor Madeline Alt.

…Police cited an SOU sophomore, Genevieve Hummel, 19, for tearing the installation down, and the university art department is pressing charges. Read the entire article here.