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Sculpture moved after parodies

on September 18, 2013 10:30 AM

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — Some students don’t like a Michigan school’s decision to remove a swinging sculpture that students had been using as a popular, makeshift swing since the release of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video.

Grand Valley State University in Allendale said Tuesday that it had taken down the sculpture, called a bifilar pendulum, and placed it in storage due to concerns about student safety.

In the video, Cyrus appears without clothes on a swinging wrecking ball. Photos and video of people doing the same on the sculpture recently surfaced online.

“We are reassessing the safety and structural integrity of the current installation and site,” said Tim Thimmesch, associate vice president for facilities services.

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