Killer bee­tle in sculp­ture

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The Royal Academy may have ac­ci­den­tally im­ported Asian longhorn bee­tles into Bri­tain.

The pests, which can kill many types of tree, may have been in a sculp­ture by Chi­nese artist Ai Wei­wei, ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment’s chief plant of­fi­cer.

Pro­fes­sor Nicola Spence said she had been vis­it­ing the sculp­ture, Tree, which was on dis­play in the An­nen­berg Court­yard of the Royal Academy in Lon­don in 2015, when she no­ticed bee­tles had made holes in the wooden struc­ture.

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