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Naked Miley Cyrus parody forces GVSU to remove wrecking ball sculpture

10:57 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A landmark on Grand Valley State University's main campus has been removed, but is Miley Cyrus to blame?

Tuesday morning, a crew removed the giant pendulum sculpture from outside Padnos Hall of Science.

The steel ball, which hangs from a cable and resembles a wrecking ball, was installed in 1995. For years students had swung on it, but recently several students climbed on the ball naked, mimicking Miley Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball."

At least one student posted a Vine video of his nude tribute to Cyrus.

Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president of facilities services at GVSU said the sculpture was removed so structural integrity could be examined. "We've been reviewing this over the last couple of weeks, trying to decide whether we really need to look at structural integrity of the installation," said Thimmesch. "We decided to have the ball removed and put into storage for now."

A large group of students gathered outside Padnos Hall Tuesday night to protest the removal of the sculpture, changing "Wrecking ball! Wrecking ball!"

The story generated a lot of buzz on Twitter with the hash tags #ReinstallTheBall and #GVSUWreckingBall trending locally. The story has also captured national attention on sites like the Huffington Post, E! News, Gawker, and Buzzfeed.

 

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