A controversial public art piece created by a Turkish artist in 2010 was taken down after sitting on the University of Iowa campus for less than four hours Friday.
Serhat Tanyolocar, who is a University of Iowa faculty member, creates works designed to remind the public of racism through history. He says the piece was misinterpreted.
The artwork, which stands about 7 feet tall, is made of old newspaper clippings and depicts a robed Ku Klux Klansman. A statement released by the University says the art was taken down because it was not approved by the school and depicted racist material.