University of Houston removes student’s gun art project—just weeks before campus carry law goes into effect
|ART Gun by Alton DuLaney at center of Texas controversy. 2016.|
The Daily Cougar reports that first-year MFA student Alton DuLaney created the piece to make a direct statement on the law, which was passed last summer.
He then directly contacted the University’s police about whether his piece would be allowed; the police forwarded his inquiry to school administrators. Eventually, the Office of the General Counsel released the following statement:
In an email, the Cougar said, the school’s chief of police added, “No guns are currently allowed on campus. We do not censor art.”
The piece is now being displayed without the gun.
DuLaney said he is amused.
“There’s an obvious implication of power that this thing has, that this inanimate object has when combined with ammunition and intent to create damage,” DuLaney told Houston Press. “So I wanted to create a piece that said all of that, but that was diffused by being cloaked in a statement of art.”
Nine states now have concealed campus carry laws.
“I was hoping my alterations of this piece would transform it and it would be seen strictly as an art piece and then we could be having this conversation,” DuLaney told ABC13. “The authorities here on campus felt otherwise. They felt it was still a weapon, even though it had been altered, and couldn’t be included.”
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