There aren’t many men on campus at Wellesley College. That’s probably because it’s an all-women school. However, there’s one guy on campus these days, and he’s tromping around the grounds in nothing more than a pair of tighty whitey underwear with his eyes closed. Wellesley College has a statue of a guy in his underwear on campus.
The statue is called “Sleepwalker” and it is by artist Tony Matelli, who is currently holding an exhibition of his work at the college’s Davis Museum. It’s not attracting too many fans on campus, with a 300-signature petition asking the university to tear it down, calling it a “source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault.” That’s why you put up a Robocop statue, to keep your giant Marilyn Monroe and your underwear guy in line.
“The very best works of art have the power to stimulate deeply personal emotions and to provoke unexpected new ideas, and this sculpture is no exception. [The sculpture] has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience, both on campus and on social media,” said a joint statement issued by Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and Davis Museum director Lisa Fischman.
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