Grand Valley State University removed a pendulum sculpture on campus that resembled the wrecking ball in Cryus’ video after several students posted pictures and video of themselves atop it.
E! News reported on Wednesday that the university removed the 42-inch ball and 50-foot chain from its original location due students using it for parody videos and pictures.
The school’s facilities director, Tim Timmesch, told Michigan’s FOX17 news that it was removed due to safety concerns, although no students were reportedly hurt from using the pendulum as a prop.
Twitter photos and videos posted to Vine show male and female students riding the ball while dressed in crop tops, shorts and in the buff just like Cyrus.
Student Alex Blackburn posted a photo of himself in a white outfit riding the ball, which has made rounds in the media.
He posted his surprise at the story via Twitter.
Ha was this wrecking ball thing legit just on good morning America?!?
— Alex Blackburn (@ablackturtle22) September 18, 2013
Other students and alumni voiced their opinions about the decision. Most of them were glad that GVSU is in the news, but disappointed at the decision to remove the art that was part of the university's traditions.
It's a sad day here at GVSU. In memory of The Ball we will congregate around its sand pit at 8pm tonight and sing wrecking ball. #BeThere
— The Laker Life (@Grand_Valley17) September 17, 2013
Students sat around the area where the ball once was and chanted for the ball to come back. Then the group sang "Wrecking Ball" as shown in the FOX17 story.
The sculpture has its own community-run Twitter account, which has posts about its whereabouts.
Guys, I'm scared... I really have no idea where I am. SAVE ME
— GVSU Wrecking Ball (@GVSUWreckingBal) September 18, 2013
No punishment is planned for students who rode the art installation.