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GVSU reinstalls sculpture in 'Wrecking Ball' parodies

November 12, 2013
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GVSU removes fraying sculpture in 'Wrecking Ball' parodies
GVSU removed a fraying pendulum statue outside of the Padnos Hall of Science after students used it to parody a music video. Courtesy GVSU

A swinging sculpture that was removed from Grand Valley State University’s grounds after students used it to mimic Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video is returning to campus.

GVSU said the bifilar pendulum will be reinstalled today outside of the Padnos Hall of Science in Allendale. The project is expected to be completed on Dec. 6.

It was removed in September, because of safety concerns after workers discovered the cable holding it was frayed.

Students at the campus had been riding on it more often since the release of Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video, with photos and video emerging of people parodying the music video. The video features Cyrus swinging on a wrecking ball without clothes.

The sculpture’s return to the 24,500-student campus comes after review by a committee that included physics and engineering students, along with GVSU officials.

Educational signs about the artwork, made by faculty and staff in the Physics Department and Art Gallery, also will be installed, said Tim Thimmesch, GVSU associate vice president for facilities services.

"The new installation will be representative of a scientific art exhibit and include a reconstructed site that limits access and complements the original intent of the sculpture," Thimmesch said.

The sculpture was created by artist Dale Eldred in 1973. It had been outdoors since 1995. 

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