“@MileyCyrus should come to Grand Valley to do a free concert for indirectly taking our @GVSUWreckingBal away," demanded student Kent Redford, "#apologize #or #concert."
Thanks to Miley Cyrus, Grand Valley State University in Michigan has removed a wrecking ball sculpture. Earlier today, NPR reported that several members of the student body were inspired by the pop star's music video and recorded and/or photographed themselves straddling the artwork in various states of undress.
Traditionally, the University had no issue with students riding the sculpture. The installation, entitled “GV Wrecking Ball”, consists of a 42in steel ball suspended from a 50ft cable and was constructed 18 years ago by late artist Dale Eldred. Total Frat Moves noted that the ball “established a tradition for incoming freshmen [and that] the majority of GV students have ridden the ball at least once.”
However, the number of students playing on the sculpture saw a sharp increase after Cyrus caused a great deal of controversy by riding a wrecking ball in the buff in her video “Wrecking Ball.” Several students shared photos and Vine videos of themselves violating the artwork in underpants or birthday suits. Someone even created a Twitter account for the GV Wrecking Ball.
“The sculpture was removed so structural integrity could be reviewed,” said Tim Thimmesch, the university's associate vice president of facilities services. The sculpture currently resides in storage.
Students have responded by hosting chant protests, leaving memorials at the site, and tweeting messages with #REINSTALLTHEBALL.