Wellesley Students Upset Over Realistic Statue Of Man In Underwear
An art installation currently on exhibit both inside and outside Wellesley College has prompted a petition from students who find themselves uncomfortable with one sculpture in particular, "Sleepwalker." The statue by sculptor Tony Matelli is on display in a busy part of the campus and more than 300 students at the women's liberal-arts college have asked that it be removed.
"[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community," reads the petition in part. "While it may appear humorous, or thought-provoking to some, it has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work in this space."
Lisa Fischman, director of the campus' Davis Museum, defended the statue and its placement.
"We placed the Sleepwalker on the roadside just beyond the Davis to connect the exhibition — within the museum—to the campus world beyond," Fischman wrote. "I love the idea of art escaping the museum and muddling the line between what we expect to be inside (art) and what we expect to be outside (life)."
What do you think, Instincters? Should the Wellesley campus remove the art?