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Incredibly Life-Like Statue Of A Man In Just His Underwear Is Scaring Students At Wellesley College

The statue is called Sleepwalker, and according to the director of the school’s museum, it’s meant to provoke a dialogue.

AP Photo/Steven Senne

3. It’s very, very life-like. Some people have even started taking selfies with it.

AP Photo/Steven Senne
AP Photo/Steven Senne

8. A junior at Wellesley college, Zoe Magid, started a petition to remove the statue arguing that it could trigger painful thoughts of sexual assault for members of the community.

10. Director of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College 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, as students stop to interact playfully with the sculpture. They 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.

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