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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A statue briefly displayed on the University of Iowa campus this morning is being called racist and offensive.

According to a statement from the Office of Strategic Communication at the University of Iowa, a visiting artist put the statue on display on the Pentacrest this morning.

The statue, which appears to be made of paper mache, depicts what many observers called a "KKK" member. The outside of the statue appears to be covered in articles about racist events.

The University of Iowa Office of Strategic Communication released the following statement:

The University of Iowa is a diverse community with no tolerance for racism, and the artwork that was briefly displayed on the Pentacrest this morning was deeply offensive to members of our community. Because it was placed without permission, university officials directed the visiting artist who created it to remove it, which he did.

The University of Iowa considers all forms of racism abhorrent and is deeply committed to the principles of inclusion and acceptance. There is no room for divisive, insensitive, and intolerant displays on this campus.The display was not approved by nor sanctioned by the university. The UI respects freedom of speech, but the university is also responsible for ensuring that public discourse is respectful and sensitive.

A march from the Pentacrest to Sally Mason's home to the art building on campus began at 1 p.m.

KWWL's Michelle Corless is on campus and will be providing updates throughout the day and will have live reports on the KWWL News at 5 and 6.

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