Creepy 'Art' on Campus Freaks Out College Students & You'll See Why (PHOTO)

Why is it that people are allowed to take the weirdest stuff, label it “art,” and we’re all expected to behold it in reverent awe? Sometimes a realistic statue of a man sleepwalking in tighty whities is just uncomfortable. And by sometimes I mean all the times.

Students at all-women’s Wellesley College are perturbed by a piece of public art from sculptor Tony Matelli called Sleepwalker. More than 100 students have signed a petition to have the statue removed from the high-traffic area, and it's not hard to see why.

It’s a highly realistic statue of a man that appears to be shambling in his underpants.

The campus museum’s director Lisa Fischman defended the piece, saying it was meant to evoke response and start a discussion.

We placed the Sleepwalker on the roadside just beyond the Davis to connect the exhibition -- within the museum -- to the campus world beyond ... I love the idea of art escaping the museum and muddling the line between what we expect to be inside (art) and what we expect to be outside (life) ... as the best art does, Tony Matelli’s work provokes dialogue, and discourse is at the core of education.

Meanwhile, there’s an offensive statue of a nearly nekkid man in a highly populated area of campus that’s making young female students uncomfortable. There’s nothing wrong with being troubled by this -- telling students they have to endure it for the sake of art is not a valid excuse to keep it there.

Wellesley College senior and art history major Annie Wang said it best:

I think art’s intention is to confront, but not assault, and people can see this as assaulting. Wellesley is a place where we’re supposed to feel safe. I think place and a context matters, and I don’t think this is the place to put it.

Amen, sister. Put that thing back where it came from -- or at least move it inside the museum so people who want to see such things may do so without assaulting everyone else’s sensibilities.

Do you think this kind of “art” should be left in public?


Images via John Blandino/Flickr & Nikki A. Greene/Twitter

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amazz... amazzonia

I already read an article regarding this statue...and I keep not understanding what's wrong with it....can some one please explain it to me?

amazz... amazzonia

as I keep saying for many other things....we are getting worse than the dark ages...at least back then you would see a painting of a breastfeeding Jesus, naked angels, man, women, and no one ever saw anything wrong in it....I'm just sick of people

Taisie Taisie

lol, this statue is really funny in my opinion, although, it might be best to put it in the museum itself, if I ran acrost it at night, I would be convinced it was real, I don't see that well and it would certainly freak me lol.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I think it's creepy.

ninasmom ninasmom

I think it's creepy, especially at an all women's college... At least they could have made him good looking with a hot body to put him out on a women's campus.  It's too realistic and weird, I bet the campus police are going to be getting all sorts of calls at night for a creepy guy outside...

Alaina Quist

Oh grow up! Its art, its funny and its completely harmless. I went to smith, very similar to that school but they understand art and humor.

nonmember avatar Amy C

I don't think it's OMG SO CREEPY GET IT OUT, but I just really don't... "get it." What's the point of it? How is it art? It's supposed to "evoke discussion"? About what, exactly?

keriley1 keriley1

It's odd and creepy yes, but offensive and needs to be removed? No. I do wonder tho, if it was of a woman in her undies what would the response be?

Keri Day

Uh, what?  These are college students.  Chances are they've seen their fair share of "nekkid" men.  They aren't children.  How is this exactly supposed to make them feel unsafe?  I may not see the point in it, but if he has permission to put his pretty awesome sculpture here (and you have to admit, that thing is ridiculously realistic), what's it REALLY hurting?  People making something out of nothing.  I see more "offensive" things in mall windows everyday.    The only issue I'd see is people trying to help the man, and then realizing he's not real.  Slightly embarrassing?  Maybe.  

lalab... lalaboosh

The first thing I thought when I saw this was that it could trigger victims of abuse or assault.

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