Miley's ride? Pendulum may return to GVSU campus

The "wrecking ball" could be returning to public view at a Michigan university.
AP Wire
Sep 26, 2013


Grand Valley State University has formed a group to discuss the future of a swinging sculpture that was removed from a public spot last week. Students had been riding it like Miley Cyrus in her "Wrecking Ball" music video.

Officials, citing a bad cable and bolt, insisted the sculpture was placed in storage because of safety concerns. They said the issues were raised before photos and video emerged of people parodying the Cyrus video, which shows her without clothes on a swinging wrecking ball.

"A piece of scientific art is what it really is and our intention was always to reinstall it safely and enhance that scientific aspect," Grand Valley spokeswoman Mary Eilleen Lyon said. "This is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students to see the process that you go through."

Lyon said physics and engineering students, as well as a member of student government, will be part of the group studying the sculpture's future.

The sculpture, created by Dale Eldred, is nearly 40 years old and has been outdoors since 1995. T-shirts with the tag "#reinstalltheball" have been sold, with the money donated to anti-cancer efforts.

Lyon said the publicity has put Grand Valley in a "reasonably positive light."



Just weld little tack like spikes to the top of the ball, just like they do when they don't want pigeons roosting on signs etc. Problem solved!


If it's any one of Miley's friends, they may enjoy something probing up from the ball.


Just knowing that some nude dude was swinging on the ball, is enough to keep many from sitting on it.


At least he's a college educated nude dude. Does Miley have any higher education? I'd take my chances on the cleanliness of the GVSU dude over filthy Miley any day!


lol, oh miley, once again a perfect roll model


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