Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

August 26, 2014 - 9:04 PM
Aspen-Tortoise Exhibit

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2014 file photo shows a tortoise with an iPad mounted on its back, one of three tortoises wearing the devices for a controversial exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colo. The art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather. The tortoises at the Aspen Art Museum were taken to undisclosed conservation site on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, less than three weeks after the exhibit opened. The museum insists the removal was not a response to backlash against the art installation. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Scott Osler, File)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.

The tortoises at the Aspen Art Museum were taken to undisclosed conservation site on Monday, less than three weeks after the exhibit opened. The Aspen Art Museum says the conservation site will be the permanent home for the African sulcata tortoises.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/VLIsJO ) that museum insists the removal was not a response to backlash against the art installation. The tortoises each had two iPads affixed to their shells with a silicone epoxy, and more than 18,000 people signed a petition opposing the installation.

Though the tortoises have been removed, the exhibit will remain in Aspen through Oct. 5.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/