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Indiana State University

Artists capture images of crows that fill Terre Haute's sky

At sunrise and sundown, art objects fill the winter sky above Terre Haute.

That's right, crows possess artistic qualities. No living creature better symbolizes the outdoor look of this town's cold-weather season. They flow into Terre Haute every October, spend nights around the urban lights, eat and drink in farm fields beside the Wabash River by day, and then leave in March. Oh, and they defecate prolifically, too. All 30,000 to 60,000 of them.

How could artists ignore such a dominant being?

"No matter what you think of them, it's an image you can't get out of your head — 'They're beautiful,' 'They're ugly,' They're dirty,' whatever," said Susan...