Wellesley College president, students react to 'Sleepwalker' naked man sculpture
Officials from Wellesley College said they have no plans to remove a controversial sculpture of a nearly naked man despite an online petition to move it.
Officials from Wellesley College said they have no plans to remove a controversial sculpture of a nearly naked man despite more than 500 people signing an online petition to move it.
The "Sleepwalker" sculpture was recently installed outside at the women's college as part of the opening of the New Gravity exhibit at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.
A spokeswoman for the school said on Thursday that there are no plans to remove the sculpture.
In a joint statement, President H. Kim Bottomly and Lisa Fischman, director of the Davis Museum, said the work as created an impassioned conversation.
Artist Tony Matelli, the work's creator, said he was surprised by the reaction to the "Sleepwalker" and that he was instead expecting "yawns."
Meanwhile, students and others took to social media to react to both the sculpture and the controversy it has created.