Would this get your attention if you saw it "walking" across campus?
Lifelike Sculpture of Man in Tighty-Whiteys Freaks Out College Students
(Launch Networks) -- A creepily lifelike sculpture of a sleepwalking man wearing nothing but a pair of tighty-whitey underpants is freaking out some students at Wellesley College. The artwork is part of an exhibit opening today at the prestigious women's college's Davis Museum by sculptor Tony Matelli, and was placed in a busy area of campus on Monday.
A petition has gone up online to have it removed, getting more than 500 signatures by early this morning, which says the sculpture is a, quote, "source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault” for many on campus.
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and museum Director Lisa Fischman released a joint statement yesterday that said, "The very best works of art have the power to stimulate deeply personal emotions and to provoke unexpected new ideas, and this sculpture is no exception. . . . [It] has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience, both on campus and on social media." Fischman said the sculpture was put outdoors specifically to get a reaction and to connect the indoor exhibition with the world outside.
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