Art in Aspen? Looks an Awful Lot Like Wildlife Exploitation

August 18, 2014 3:30 PM

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The Aspen Art Museum in Colorado is hosting a controversial exhibit from Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang featuring three African sulcata tortoises, each affixed with a pair of iPads stuck directly to their massive shells. Each screen shows video footage of nearby ghost towns as the ancient turtles walk around.

I get that art is meant to provoke and is a powerful vehicle for expanding thought and even fueling social movements. This exhibit in particular is supposed to evoke a sense of potential loss, and already experienced loss.

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