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(WTVR/CNN) - The "Sleepwalker" statue of a nearly naked man walking across the campus of an all-women's college has sparked cries of protest.

The statue is part of an exhibition of a sculptor's work at the Wellesley College Museum in Massachusetts.

Some students have demanded the statue be taken down. They said it triggered thoughts of sex assault.

More than 500 people have signed a change.org petition to have the statue removed.

"The sculpture of the nearly naked man on the Wellesley College campus is an inappropriate and potentially harmful addition to our community that we, as members of the student body, would like removed from outdoor space immediately, and placed inside the Davis Museum. There, students may see the installation of their own volition," the petition stated.

The museum director said the goal of the exhibition is to provoke discussion.


  • Diane

    Put it where students go to see it if they want,it’s not right to have this perverted thing in anyones face out in public..It is not a work of art.

  • Cindy

    Maybe they should watch Mona Lisa Smile again! I’m sure VCU would take it off their hands in a heartbeat. Sad that the work isn’t accredited- Art has been controversial forever. They are lucky to have the work of Tony Matelli- imho!

  • Marianne K

    It’s provoking, all right. I think it’s a cool statue, but it really does need to be in a place where people can make the choice to see it or not.

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