Art mistaken for vandalism gets vandalized

This weird story cannot be missed. It is about what happens to an art project that was basically seven miles of red tape at Southern Oregon University:

“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.”


A student who was caught and charged said that she didn’t know it was an art project and she was just picking up trash from what other people had done.

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  • John Fairplay

    Most public art is indistinguishable from garbage, so this story is not tremendously surprising.

  • CRAWDUDE

    If you can’t tell it from garbage…………..it was probably garbage!

    I’m more curious if the tagger who created it was paid from taxpayer money. And what is it with the name? yawn, another wannabe hippie.

  • Jerry

    This guy should actually try to find a buyer for his “art”. Then he would know it isn’t art at all, but just trash that thankfully was picked up.
    What a bunch of losers!

  • Anonymous

    “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. It was titled “The Depravity of Society Juxtaposed Against the Apathy of Contemporary Culture” ”

    Translation: I have no real talent, so I’ll just make a big mess and give it a pretentious title. That ought to be enough to fool the twits in the art department.