Realistic statue of man in underwear freaks out women's college

Petition asks for removal
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300 students have signed a petition to have the creepy, yet lifelike statue removed.

In part, the petition reads;

"This highly realistic 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.

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." 

The Boston Globe reports the piece is called "Sleepwalker," it was put up to bring attention to the work of a sculptor named Tony Matelli.

Lisa Fiscman is the director of the Davis Museum on the Wellesley College campus. She claims the statue has special meaning.

"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)." 

The student who started the petition disagrees. “We really feel that if a piece of art makes students feel unsafe, that steps over a line," said Zoe Magid. 

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