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A statue by Tony Matelli titled "Sleepwalker" stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., on Wednesday. More than 100 signatures were collected from an online petition to remove the artwork from the all-women's college, citing the statue as inappropriate.

Lisa Fischman, director of the college's Davis Museum, acknowledged in an online posting that some people could find the sculpture troubling but urged people to see it for themselves. "As the best art does, Tony Matelli’s work provokes dialogue, and discourse is at the core of education," she wrote.

Courtesy Sarah Xu / Wellesley College Davis Museum