Students Upset With Wrecking Ball Removal

(WOOD) Grand Valley State University has moved a familiar Allendale campus sculpture after images of several people riding on it surfaced.

The piece, "Untitled" by Dale Eldred, is a large ball hanging on a chain and had been in the same spot on campus near the Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science since 1995.

GVSU management said it moved the sculpture because of safety reasons. Officials said the problem really started to escalate following the release of the music video for "Wrecking Ball" by pop star Miley Cyrus.

In the music video, Cyrus sings while riding nude on a wrecking ball. The video racked more than 100 million views in the six days after its release, making it the fastest video every to do so.

Then came the GVSU Wrecking Ball Twitter account that encouraged students to take pictures and videos of themselves swinging on the sculpture like Cyrus.

Many did.

GVSU officials said they saw several images of people riding the sculpture -- sometimes several at once. Among the images was a video that recently appeared on the website Vine of a naked man riding the sculpture while singing the song. That video was taken down Tuesday afternoon.

GVSU said moving the sculpture was not in direct response to that specific video. Discussion of moving the sculpture had been ongoing for weeks, officials said. A facilities manager who spoke with 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday said he only saw the video Monday.

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