We’ve all heard the adage, ‘I don’t know art, but I know what I like.’ Well, courtesy of the Boston Globe and some accompanying photos by the AP’s Steven Senne, get ready to put that adage to the test.
Per reporter Jaclyn Reiss‘ item, the realistic, department store mannequin-style sculpture of a man in his white undies sleepwalking can be found as of yesterday on campus, outside, next to a busy street and sidewalk. It’s a teaser for an exhibit by artist Tony Matelli and many are not amused:
Zoe Magid, a Wellesley College junior majoring in political science, started a petition on change.org with other students asking college president H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue removed.
“[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community,” says the petition, which was penned by student Lauren Walsh. “While it may appear humorous, or thought-provoking to some, it has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work in this space.”