Horses of war unleashed on rival art schools

    Now that the Tyler School of Art has moved into Philadelphia with the rest of the Temple campus, its students have decided it’s time to get some attention. A couple of days ago, Tyler students placed 12-foot-tall cardboard Trojan horses in the lobbies of four other Philadelphia art schools — the Art Institute, Moore, PAFA, and UArts.

    Now that the Tyler School of Art has moved into Philadelphia with the rest of the Temple campus, its students have decided it’s time to get some attention. A couple of days ago, Tyler students placed 12-foot-tall cardboard Trojan horses in the lobbies of four other Philadelphia art schools — the Art Institute, Moore, PAFA, and UArts.

    No school was safe as this horse at the University of the Arts demonstrates
    No school was safe as this horse at the University of the Arts demonstrates. Photo credit: theartblog.org

    Transcript:
    The question following the attacks is whether the four targeted schools will retaliate. If incensed blog comments and rumblings among students are to be believed, the Trojan horses are just one battle in a much wider war. Rose Crook is a third year painting major at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    Cook: “There are millions of artists and we all have this competitive, egotistical drive to us. At the Academy we feel like we have this name to uphold, with Eakins and all these famous people that we feel like we should knock the socks off of everybody. We wanna feel like we’re the best, just like Tyler would wanna feel.”

    PAFA assembled a school-wide meeting to determine their response, and students at other schools are reportedly discussing their own plans. All are staying mum on what – and when – those might be.

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