Videos of students swinging on Grand Valley State University’s wrecking ball sculpture has prompted the school to take the artwork down, according to the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. In one viral video, in particular, a male student may have gone too far by doing a parody of Miley Cyrus’ newest video of her song “Wrecking Ball.” In the student’s video, just as in the Miley Cyrus video, the star of the video is seen swinging without any clothes on while singing “Wrecking Ball.”
The sculpture that was located outside of Padnos Hall of Science on the Grand Valley State University’s main campus was considered a landmark until Tuesday morning when a university crew removed the huge pendulum sculpture. The sculpture was basically a steel ball hanging from a cable, clearly meant to resemble a wrecking ball. Reportedly, the young man in the viral video was not the only one to swing on the artwork naked. Allegedly, a good number of students have done their best Miley Cyrus imitations since the singer’s video was released recently. The video which the school administration must have found disturbing posted on as a vine video – which is a platform that gets many views in recent times.
The associate vice president of facilities services at GVSU, Tim Thimmesch, claimed that the reason the sculpture of the wrecking ball was removed was to structural integrity of the artwork could be reviewed.
In college campus-style, approximately 100 students reportedly gathered outside Padnos Hall on the night the work was removed and chanted “wrecking ball, wrecking ball…” as a form of protest to the piece’s removal – but to no avail. The wrecking ball is still gone.
Thimmesch says it will return one day – but didn’t sound as though it would be soon – probably long after Miley’s hit song is classified as an oldie but a goodie – and few students remember the video.
GVSU - a public liberal arts school which was established in 1960 - is located in Allendale, Michigan.