What in the world is that guy doing in his underwear, stumbling like a constipated zombie? Well actually, that isn't a person if you can believe it. That's actually a statue called "Sleepwalker" by artist Tony Matelli located at the Wellesley women's college in Wellesley, Mass and the students hate it. What's to hate, it's a skinhead look-a-like in his tighty whities with a creepy attack position at an all-women's college. Seems like it should go over like gangbusters!
The statue is a part of an exhibit opening in the Davis Museum next to where this piece was placed. A petition has began to have the statue removed, stating that the artwork reminds them of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault. As of this morning, the petition has over 250 signatures even though the president of the prestigious women's school says that's all part of the intellectual process. Hmmm, maybe it's not that bad afterall. Let's take a look of this statue from a different angle.
Nevermind, that's frightening. Holy God, the guy looks dead! Imagine running into that thing late at night drunk because, let's face it...college. Oddly enough, students are the only ones complaining. One English teacher stated "I find it disturbing, but in a good way." When did teachers become so tolerant, especially in the face of students complaining that it reminded them of sexual assault. In my day, you couldn't even walk around campus in your underwear (believe me, I tried), let alone make everyone stare at a statue of it. Granted, my approach was a tad more off-putting.
Here's another pic. Oh good, it's actually next to the road.
Nothing like driving your grandparents around the college with that nightmare 5 ft. from the window. "This is where the library is, there's the dorms, that's Moby without clothes, now who's ready for lunch!"
What do you guys think? Should the statue be removed or do you dig it?
-Todd Spence (twitter)
source: Mercury News