Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Mich., has removed a sculpture from its campus after several students used it to mimic a music video by the pop singer Miley Cyrus, MLive.com reported.
The sculpture is a steel ball that hangs from a cable, and it resembles the large metal ball that the singer swings from while naked in the video for her new single, “Wrecking Ball.”
Students have always attempted to swing from the sculpture, but there has been a significant rise in those incidents this year because of the music video, according to MLive. At least one student is believed to have done so in the nude.
Officials removed the sculpture from the campus on Tuesday over safety concerns. In a written statement, the university said that facilities-services officials had been considering options for what to do with the sculpture before the parodies that created a buzz were posted online.
Tim Thimmesch, the university’s associate vice president for facilities services, said in the statement that “we are reassessing the safety and structural integrity of the current installation and site.” He added that “hopefully the pendulum can be reinstalled at that location or we can find another suitable location on campus so people can enjoy it as a piece of art and stay safe.”
Return to Top
— Lukas Gwizdala (@Kalus_Zwig) September 17, 2013