February 6th, 2014
09:40 PM ET

"Sleepwalker" statue stirs controversy at Wellesley College

A statue on the campus of Wellesley College is giving students the creeps, because it's not only strange to behold, it apparently has a predatory air to it. The hyper-realistic figure is part of an installation by artist Tony Matelli. It's called "Sleepwalker," and it's a guy, not exactly of college age, eyes closed and mouth open, lurching blindly toward something, while clad only in a pair of droopy underpants. It is also placed in a highly-trafficked area of campus.

Some women of Wellesley are less than pleased. One student started a petition on change.org to have the installation removed, calling the statue "a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community." Currently, the petition has 538 supporters.


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