Norman, Oklahoma: Controversial Covered Wagon

Cartoony covered wagon pulled by a Texas longhorn wearing boots. Some students don't like it because the sculptor, Tom Otterness, shot a dog for an art film he made in the 1970s.
Asp Ave., Norman, OK
On the University of Oklahoma campus, in front of Gaylord Hall, on the west side of Asp Ave. just north of its intersection with W. Lindsey St.
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Controversial Covered Wagon

This cartoony, innocent-looking statue outside of Gaylord Hall on the campus of the University of Oklahoma is actually mired in controversy. In the 1970s the sculptor, Tom Otterness, made an art film in which he shot and killed a dog. Not surprisingly, several people have objected to its presence.

[Todd Kent, 09/03/2019]

Unveiled on Oct. 17, 2018. At first, students thought it was a prank left on campus by the university's arch-rival, the Texas Longhorns of Austin. Then they learned about the dog. Otterness has been apologizing about the dog for decades.

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