Despite protest, women’s college refuses to remove realistic statue of man sleepwalking in his underwear

Katherine Timpf
Reporter

Total Shares
This is the CRO SBAR

  • Over 250 students have signed a petition asking administrators to remove the statue.
  • Museum director has refused to bring the statue in doors.
  • Wellesley College is refusing to remove a realistic outdoor statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear despite the pleading of students at the all-women’s school.

    More than 250 students had signed a petition asking administrators to remove the statue as of Wednesday, according to an article published on Boston.com.

    “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 statue, called Sleepwalker, was placed outdoors in a high-traffic area on campus on Monday as part of an art exhibit at the college’s Davis Museum.

    “This highly lifelike 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,” states the petition, written by senior Lauren Walsh.

    “This sculpture, if it is to be displayed at all, should be placed inside the Davis Museum where it cannot surprise and distress students who must travel past it outdoors,” it continues.

    But museum director Lisa Fischman said that art is supposed to “evoke response.”

    She added that she has been watching as students “interact playfully with the sculpture.”

    “They took selfies with him,” she wrote.

    Fischman brushed aside any calls to move the statue indoors.

    “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).”

    “He appears to have drifted away from wherever he belongs and one wonder why; one wonders also how he has gotten so lost, so off course,” she added. “He is a figure of pathos, and one that warrants measured consideration. Perhaps he carries metaphorical weight.”

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter @kctimpf

    Katherine Timpf

    Katherine Timpf

    Reporter

    Katherine Timpf is a columnist at Campus Reform. Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter, web editor, and radio personality at The Washington Times. She was also an anchor for NASA's alternative radio station, Third Rock Radio.

    Timpf has appeared on national television news shows, including  America Live with Megyn Kelly and Fox and Friends, and her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. She has been an op ed contributor to publications including the Orange County Register and Investor's Business Daily.

    More By Katherine Timpf

    LATEST TWEETS

    Donk Humpington
    @donkhumpington - 32 min ago

    @PresBruce @Cameron_Gray @WWU @campusreform - Bruce seriously, you need to step down. #firebruce is gaining traction.

    lee
    @bricklaying69 - 42 min ago

    @campusreform @katie0509 @WWU He is actively discriminating against qualified white students. That is illegal

    Corey
    @coreycostello_ - 2 hours ago

    @campusreform @katie0509 @WWU IT's almost as if white people make up 63% of the Nation's racial spectrum.

    Monica Couch
    @moebetta1950 - 3 hours ago

    University calls the amount of white people on campus a ‘failure,’ asks 4 ideas on how 2 have fewer http://t.co/e0NlI9UcU8 via @campusreform

    Dr. I
    @Doc_I - 3 hours ago

    @campusreform @brithume @WWU racism at its best. True non racist stance would be for removal of race declaration from applications

    Jim Klingelhofer
    @riversedge6715 - 3 hours ago

    University calls the amount of white people on campus a ‘failure,’ ... http://t.co/bzHZAzdEYV via @campusreform

    Lone Biker
    @mp663001 - 3 hours ago

    University calls amount of white people on campus ‘failure,’ asks for ideas on how to have fewer http://t.co/8UQOo8WdNd via @campusreform

    Latest 30 Articles