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Wellesley College: Almost-naked realistic statue of man creeps out students

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At Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a statue called "the sleepwalker" was erected on Monday. According to Huff Post Live, the statue is an almost-naked realistic-looking man who appears to be "sleepwalking." While the statue is said to be part of an art exhibit at the all-female school, several students have signed a petition to have the statue taken down.

"Within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, the highly lifelike sculpture by Tony Matelli, entitled 'Sleepwalker,' has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community. While it may appear humorous, or thought provoking to some, the 'Sleepwalker' has already become a source of undue stress for a number of Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work on campus," reads the petition (in part) on Change.org.

The Wellesley College petition has well over 500 supporters at this time and that number is expected to grow. Many students at the school feel very strongly about the statue and are uncomfortable seeing it every day, sometimes multiple times per day. While the school seems to be hanging on to the "art evokes personal response" mantra, the statue is undoubtedly creepy and some feel it's even inappropriate.

Some students have an open mind about the statue and it doesn't bother them at all. What do you think of the statue? Should the school take it down or perhaps move it to a place that's not high-traffic?

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© Effie Orfanides 2014

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