Petition Protests Aspen Art Museum Tortoise Exhibition
An installation at the soon to be open Aspen Art Museum is getting some negative attention via an on-line petition. The change.org petition started by Lisbeth Oden of Aspen calls for the museum to remove iPads that have been glued to the shells of three live tortoises featured in a roof top garden. The iPads project video footage of local ghost towns filmed by the turtles themselves. The idea is that forgotten stories of the once prosperous towns are retold from the tortoises’ perspectives. The petition calls the exhibit abuse and an unnecessary exploitation of the animals. By 6pm Tuesday over 200 people had signed the petition. The Aspen Art Museum is allowing some patrons in this week for previews. The facility opens to everyone with a 24-hour celebration Saturday. The tortoises are to be part of the opening along with performance art, music and even dream analysis.