Gillette, WY – Two Campbell County legislators are unhappy with a sculpture by a British artist at the University of Wyoming that links coal to beetles killing trees.
Reps. Tom Lubnau and Gregg Blikre, both Republicans from Gillette, say they are disappointed with UW allowing artist Chris Drury's work on the campus. The artwork consists of beetle-killed tree logs surrounded by coal. Blikre tells the Gillette News-Record that he believes the work is an insult to the state's energy industry. Campbell County is home to large coal mines. Lubnau noted that a large percentage of
UW's budget comes from extraction industries.
UW President Thomas Buchanan says in a statement the university
doesn't endorse the views or message of the artwork but will
continue to promote a robust marketplace of ideas.