University students at Imperial College London are battling to prevent the installation of new sculpture by Antony Gormley over concerns that the work is “phallic”.

Alert, a six-metre-high stack of cantilevered steel blocks meant to resemble a squatting human figure, is scheduled to be installed in the university’s newly built Dangoor Plaza in South Kensington this summer. But a motion released by the Imperial College Union says the sculpture may “hurt the image and reputation of the college” because of its “obvious” interpretation as a person baring their erect penis.


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