Several students at an all-female college in Massachusetts are a little freaked out by one of the campus' newest pupils.
More than 300 students at Wellesley College have signed a petition for the removal of a statue of man wearing only his underwear. Named "Sleepwalker," the lifelike sculpture has caused quite a controversy since it was set up on Feb 3.
The Boston Globe reports the statue is part of an exhibit at the college's Davis Museum by sculptor Tony Matelli. It is located in a high traffic area at the school -- off of a road near the museum. But most students who spoke with the Globe said they didn't have an issue with the artwork.
The museum's director, Lisa Fischman, supports the statue's location on campus. In a statement on the college's website, she praised the piece as well as the dialogue it was expected to spark.
"We placed the Sleepwalker on the roadside just beyond the Davis to connect the exhibition -- within the museum -- to the campus world beyond," Fischman said. "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]."
But Zoe Magid -- the Wellesley junior who launched the petition for the removal of the statue -- remained unmoved by Fischman's words. "We were really disappointed that she seemed to articulate that she was glad it was starting discussion, but didn't respond to the fact that it's making students on campus feel unsafe, which is not appropriate," Magid said. She added that some students "really feel that if a piece of art makes students feel unsafe, that steps over a line."
For now, though, the Sleepwalker still stands. Let's just hope someone at least gets him a jacket for the latest round of frigid temps.