Capilano University art instructor George Rammell sounds upset.
“It’s day 30 of the heist, and they still haven’t returned it,” Rammell told the Straight by phone last Friday (June 6).
Rammell was referring to an effigy he created depicting university president Kris Bulcroft wrapped in an American flag and holding a poodle.
The unflattering sculpture was seized by the university from the school grounds on account of it being tantamount to workplace harassment. Rammell discovered the piece missing in early May.
CapU has offered to return the artwork on the condition that it’s not to be displayed again on campus.
But since the effigy was dismantled after it was removed, Rammell said that he wants to restore the piece first on campus.
“They didn’t want me to work on it on campus. I told them, no, that’s not fair. I have a right to work on it on campus,” he said.
As to the condition that it’s not going to be exhibited again on university grounds, Rammell is willing to yield.
“What I told them is that I would concede to not showing it on campus. That’s different,” he said. “I disagree with them, but in order to get it back if they’re going to censor me from showing it on campus, that’s their problem. I can live with that because I want to show it off campus.”
According to Rammell, the sculpture called Blathering on in Krisendom is currently subject to a grievance process between the faculty association and the university.
CapU did not provide a spokesperson available for interview.