Sculpture removed After 'Wrecking Ball' Parodies

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ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) -- Students are protesting a Michigan school's decision to remove a swinging sculpture that became a popular spot to ride on following the release of a Miley Cyrus video for the song "Wrecking Ball."

Grand Valley State University in Allendale on Tuesday announced that the sculpture, called a bifilar pendulum, was taken down and placed in storage due to concerns over the safety of students following an increase in popularity of riding on the art piece.

In the video, Cyrus appears without clothes on a swinging wrecking ball. Photos and video of people doing the same on the sculpture surfaced online.

The sculpture was created by artist Dale Eldred in 1973. The school says it had been considering what to do with the piece before the recent parodies.

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