Art Depicting Ku Klux Klansman Taken Down from UI Pentacrest

Dec 5, 2014

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.

Nobody, to be honest, approached me to understand the work, the content of the work, the images from the work. - Serhat Tanyolocar

 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.