CASPER — Emails obtained by a Casper newspaper show University of Wyoming officials sped up the removal of an anti-coal sculpture because of the furor it caused, but chose to tell the public the removal was as scheduled and because of water damage.
The decision to remove “Carbon Sink: What Goes Around, Comes Around” from campus was made by UW President Tom Buchanan before the piece was damaged and a full year before the piece’s dismantling was due.
The artwork consisted of beetle-killed tree logs surrounded by lumps of coal. The emails indicate university decided to remove it to calm angry state legislators, energy industry donors and trade group representatives.
Buchanan, who approved the sculpture, wrote in an email the sculpture should be removed “given the controversy that it has generated.”