Wellesley College “Sleepwalker” Statue Vandalized by Yellow Spray Paint

A statue by Tony Matelli titled "Sleepwalker" stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, February 5, 2014. More than 100 signatures were collected from an online petition to remove the statue from the all-women's college, citing the statue as inappropriate. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) 02ticketart
A statue by Tony Matelli titled "Sleepwalker" stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College.
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The “Sleepwalker” statue at Wellesley College, which depicts a man walking in his underwear, has been splashed with yellow spray paint in what appears to be an act of vandalism, a college spokeswoman confirmed to The Boston Globe.

Wellesley spokeswoman Sue McGovern told the Globe that at least four spots on campus were tagged with the yellow paint.

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The realistic-looking statue, which is part of an exhibit by sculptor Tony Matelli, started a controvery on campus in early February, leading some students to start a petition to have it removed. The petition said the statue could incite fear or trigger thoughts regarding sexual assault. A few weeks later, Wellesley president H. Kim Bottomly said that the statue would remain on campusthrough the spring.