Students Grand Valley State University in Michigan have devised a cheeky new way of combining pop culture with their study-space after a string of nude ball riders began to take advantage of their uni's pendulum sculpture.

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Dale Valley's giant pendulum sculpture has been on display for two decades outside the Padnos Hall of Science and may have gone unnoticed by many on their daily, hungover trudge to class. Until now, that is.

Pop sensation Miley Cyrus' now-infamous 'Wrecking Ball' song and video was released last week to a shocked reception pertaining to Miley's nudity and sledgehammer licking in the Terry Richardson-directed video. Within a day, the video had broken YouTube records, with millions of views and a figure that now stands at over 120 million. Some viewers responded with revulsion, others congratulated Miley for pulling another daring move that had the world looking her way.

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Inspired by Cyrus' video, in particular the scene where she wings naked on a wrecking ball, students at Grand Valley have been seen riding the sculpture naked. Prompted by concerns about safety and the installation's structural integrity, officials at Grand Valley State University in Michigan have taken down its bifilar, according to The Guardian.

Tim Thimmesch, associate vice-president for facilities services said "It's given us a few chuckles," in an interview with CBS, but added on a more serious note that there were safety concerns to be taken into account. Officials have now removed the statue for investigation into its structural strength.

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In response to their favourite sculpture being put into storage, students at the university banded together on Tuesday night in protest, waving their phones and singing 'Wrecking Ball' at the sculpture's sight.

Thimmesch looked to the future and voiced his hopes for a peaceful compromise between the sculpture and the students, saying "[I hope] the pendulum can be reinstalled at that location or we can find another suitable location on campus so people can enjoy it as a piece of art and stay safe."

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