Somewhere on the campus of the University of Wyoming, there's a Carbon Sink art installation and it's pissing everyone off.
Some dead trees, coal and piles of dirt were all the ingredients British artist Chris Drury needed to complete his Carbon Sink live art piece. Yet, despite its relative neutrality, residents of Wyoming have begun to take umbrage with the artist. In reality, the piece is meant to draw critical attention to the state's nefarious habit of burning coal, which in turn forces the beetle population to overgrow and subsequently kill trees. The petrified wood and coal are meant to symbolize one thing: Stop!
Pressure is mounting as politicians, eager to defend the sensibilities of the coal mining industry, accuse the University of Wyoming of "ingratitude toward one of its main benefactors." Whether or not Drury's art piece stays around is uncertain, but it definitely drew attention to the cause.