"Sleepwalker" statue of man in undies too realistic for some

A recently installed statue is a little too realistic-looking for some and is causing quite a controversy.

The statue on campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., shows a man in his underwear and apparently sleepwalking. According to, it was created by artist Tony Matelli and was set up to align with the opening of the artist's exhibit in the college's Davis Museum starting Wednesday.

While it's entertaining to some, a student at the school was so disturbed by it, he filed a petition to remove the "uncomfortable and potentially triggering statue".

The petition went on to note that "this highly lifelike sculpture has...become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community."

The museum's director, Lisa Fischman, responded to the petition, commenting that "art has an extraordinary power to evoke personal response, and to elicit the unexpected."