The Davis Museum at Wellesley College put a Tony Matelli sculpture called “Sleepwalker” on the side of the road and as you can see it is fucking horrifying. Imagine driving by that at night? Imagine being with a kid? Imagine being drunk … the scenarios are endless.
The sculpture of your nightmares has even sparked a petition from students to have it removed. According to the 300 students who signed the petition the work of art is a “source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault.” Is a man in his undies a trigger for sexual assault? I have no clue but I’ve never been sexually assaulted so I guess I just have to take their word for it.
But if this is the case then wouldn’t any man in his underwear trigger these feelings? My point being is that there are images of men in their undies anywhere from magazines to TV and those are real. Again, I am asking not telling, I can see how seeing a lifelike figure in the distance is chilling enough as it is.
However President H. Kim Bottomly released a statement saying, “The very best works of art have the power to stimulate deeply personal emotions and to provoke unexpected new ideas, and this sculpture is no exception. The sculpture has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience, both on campus and on social media. 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).”
What do you think? Is this creepy as hell?