A controversial art exhibit of the American flag at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia closed Tuesday, the victim of protests and vandalism by people within the school and residents of surrounding communities.
The exhibit featured a flag draped across the floor and was meant as a show of support for a similar art display that raised ire in Chicago.
Angry CalArts staff members staged a counter-exhibit, the local American Legion chapter picketed and sheriff’s deputies advised school officials that the display might be breaking federal and state laws. But the fatal blow came Monday night when two men snatched the flag and handed it over at a sheriff’s station. The flag was held as evidence in an investigation against the men.
Adam Greene, the student who created the exhibit, reportedly told administrators he did not intend to reopen it.