Wrecking Ball Parody Videos Wreck Havoc On College Campus

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Wrecking Ball Parody Videos Wreck Havoc On College Campus

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (21Alive) -- Students in Michigan are upset over the lose of a art sculpture that had been a staple on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

The sculpture is a bifilar pendulum and it was build by artist Dale Eldred in 1973, according to the Detroit Free Press. But following the recent popularity and online explosion of Miley Cyrus' new music video, Wrecking Ball, the sculpture became a target for parody videos by students.

Campus officials say they had been considering what to do with the art piece before the parody videos began surfacing and removed the sculpture due to safety concerns.

According to the schools website, the safety concern stemmed from the recent increase in popularity of riding the pendulum art piece and officials say an examination of the "structural integrity of the installation showed cable decay".

Students staged a protest of the removal of the sculpture.

Interestingly, the day of this report is the same day as the birth of Leon Foucault, a French physicist who is known for the invention of the Foucault Pendulum.

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