At Columbia University, students petition against ‘hideous’ statue

A group of Columbia University students and alumni protest the installation of a sculpture they deem hideous. A petition already lists more than 1,200 signatures.

“Mr Bollinger, take down this statue!” Students at Columbia University, New York, United States, are not in lace. For several days, a group of students and former students have been trying to get the attention of the director of the establishment, so that he cancels the project to install a statue they deem “hideous”. According to the Columbia Spectator, the university’s newspaper, the work sculpted by British artist Henry Moore is to be installed in front of the university library on campus.

More than 1,200 people have already signed a petition against its installation

More than 1,200 people have already signed a petition against the installation of the latter and a “sit-in” has already taken place on March 31. Even if the Facebook event indicated 207 participants, the photos circulating on social networks rather show a low attendance …

The “sit-in” did not really have the expected success … © Brian Manzo

The English-speaking media laugh at the movement

English-speaking media such asGuardian quickly picked up on the anecdote and mocked the anti-sculpture campaign by having fun comparing it to the historic anti-war protests of 1968. By this time, students had occupied Columbia University for 6 days and more 700 of them had been arrested. Pressure was also exerted on the part of the American authorities for the University to cease all relations with institutions supporting the Vietnam War. A social movement on a different scale than that for the statue therefore …

“They are simply young students who express their discontent”

Despite all the Huffington Post refuses to howl with wolves and explains why it is ridiculous to make fun of this movement, comparing it to the events of 1968. “It cannot be compared. The 1968 protests were a massive movement involving thousands of people. These anti-sculpture demands can hardly be called ‘a protest’ – they are simply young students expressing their displeasure with a statue. The problem is, someone reading the Guardian might think that the Columbia students have changed their priorities and that they are only interested in a stupid statue, which is not true ”.