A new statue on the campus of Wellesley College has taken modern art to another echelon. It's a lifelike, middle-aged guy sleepwalking pretty much naked.
The statue, called Sleepwalker, is meant to provoke dialogue, according to the museum director at the prestigious, all-female school in Massachusetts.
Mission accomplished there! Check this dude out:
Some amused students have even started taking selfies with it. Others are not thrilled about walking on campus past an incredibly realistic statue of ... this guy.
A junior at Wellesley, Zoe Magid, started a petition to remove the thing, arguing that it could trigger painful thoughts of sexual assault for the student body.
The petition has hundreds of signatures, with many agreeing that it is a little odd for an all-women’s college in particular to put up this naked middle-aged man.
The Director of the Davis Museum at Wellesley, Lisa Fischman, responded to the petition, writing about the controversial statue on the school’s website.
"I have watched from the 5th floor windows, and on the ground," Fischman writed, "as students stop to interact playfully with the sculpture."
"The students take selfies with him, snap pics with their phones, and gather to look at this new figure on the Wellesley landscape, even in the snow."
"I have also heard the opinions of others who find the sculpture troubling. As the best art does, Tony Matelli’s work provokes dialogue, and discourse is at the core of education."
Translation: The tighty-whitie sleepwalker stays.
The exhibit that the statue is part of opened Wednesday and will run until the end of the semester in May ... when he'll hopefully be a little warmer.
Seriously. Frostbite has to be brutal.