The public opening of the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO included an exhibit consisting of tortoises with iPads harnessed to their shells. This has caused quite a stir in the community and prompted one resident to start an online petition asking the museum to stop the show.
Cai Guo-Qiang, a contemporary artist born in China who now lives in New York City, will use the iPads to play videos of area abandoned ghost-town cabins that were recorded with the devices as they were attached to the tortoises.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has received a complaint about the exhibit and will contact the museum.
At first glance it may sound rather innocuous. One could easily suppose that tortoise shells are hard, so how much suffering would a 2 pound iPad really pose to a thick exoskeleton? Turns out, plenty. A tortoise shell is sensitive as it has a rich blood supply and nerve endings.