Bird Sculptures Anger UConn Students

April 24, 2009

University of Connecticut students are angry about an art exhibit in the main library and are pushing to have it moved. The Hartford Courant reported that students object to works created by Randall Nelson, a sculptor known for his work with dead birds. In one piece of art on display, a dead brown sparrow is shown on a noose with the phrase "The bird got what it deserved." Nelson told the Courant that the piece is about the preferences of birders for "good birds" -- cardinals and bluebirds -- over species like sparrows or starlings. But some students view the piece as racist.

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