US college forced to remove pendulum statue after students use it to re-enact Miley Cyrus video
Michigan students protest after Grand Valley State University removes pendulum statue
Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan removed the pendulum-like landmark after students repeatedly filmed themselves swinging from it in an attempt to imitate Cyrus in her video. In the video for 'Wrecking Ball', Cyrus is seen swinging naked from a ball as it destroys a wall. Scroll down to see a Grand Valley student's tribute to the video below.
The steel ball has sat outside the Padnos Hall of Science since 1995 but was removed and put into storage by university officials after YouTube videos and Vine clips of students recreating the music video began to emerge online. Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president of facilities services at the university offered this explanation: "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. We decided to have the ball removed and put into storage for now."
Students at the university have gathered outside Padnos Hall to protest the removal of the sculpture, with WZZM reporting they were heard chanting, "Wrecking ball, wrecking ball" repeatedly.
Meanwhile, it has recently been confirmed that Cyrus has collaborated with Kanye West on a forthcoming remix of 'Black Skinhead', a track from his latest album 'Yeezus'. The singer will release her own new album 'Bangerz' on October 4.