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City Crew Junks Student’s Art Project

April 18, 1992

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ What was outdoor art to a university student was trash to a work crew intent on doing its job.

Shinichi Kitahara arranged his work - about 180 little wooden triangles - on a grassy hill, for his senior project at Texas Christian University. But the abstract exhibit was rounded up and stacked beside a trash bin by two workers who wanted to mow the lawn across from the Health Department.

″The crews evidently didn’t recognize that as art,″ said John Dial, supervisor of the Parks and Recreation Department crew. ″If it had been one large sculpture, I’m sure that mistake would not have been made.″

Kitahara set up the exhibit April 11. It was gone the next day.

So he went on the triangle trail, taking photographs and even making plaster casts of tire marks. The trail led him to a city parks vehicle and a suspicious wooden pile.

Permission had been given for the exhibit, said spokesman Johnny Humphreys. But no one had warned the parks department.

The triangles were back in place Friday.

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