Sleepwalker statue at US campus awakens art debate

A statue by Tony Matelli, titled "Sleepwalker", stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on 5 February 2014

A lifelike sculpture of a nearly-nude man walking in snow has drawn a mixed reaction from students at a Massachusetts college.

The artwork, entitled Sleepwalker, depicts a somnambulant in nothing but underwear at Wellesley College.

Nearly 300 people have signed a petition to have the statue removed.

The work, on campus to promote a forthcoming exhibition, is designed to trigger "unexpected new ideas", the college president said.

A statue by Tony Matelli, titled "Sleepwalker", stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on 5 February 2014 The sculpture - by New York-based Tony Matelli - was placed in a busy area of the Wellesley College campus days before the opening of an exhibition of the artist's work there
A statue by Tony Matelli, titled "Sleepwalker", stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on 5 February 2014 Students have reported feelings of apprehension and fear after witnessing the sculpture, and have called for it to be removed.
A statue by Tony Matelli, titled "Sleepwalker", stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on 5 February 2014 The artwork "has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience", college president H Kim Bottomly said.
A statue by Tony Matelli, titled "Sleepwalker", stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on 5 February 2014 The art exhibition at the college's Davis Museum runs from 6 February to 20 July.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More US & Canada stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Martin Gardner as a young manThink hard

    Was this man the world's greatest puzzle master?


  • Carved pumpkinTrick or treat

    What did a riot at a pumpkin festival show about race in US?


  • A woman puts on a surgical mask during hospital Ebola training in Alabama.'Dark continent'

    Is prejudice fuelling Ebola outbreak hysteria in the US?


  • Oscar de la Renta and Oprah WinfreyIn pictures

    The life and work of Oscar de la Renta


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FutureThe future is now

    Get the latest updates and biggest ideas from BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit

Programmes

  • Smart glassesClick Watch

    Smart spectacles go into battle – the prototypes looking to take on Google Glass

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.