The University of Utah is featuring a “cry closet” on campus that students can inhabit for up to 10 minutes, Vice reported on Wednesday.
“This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10-minute break,” reads the sign on the closet’s door.
Students must knock before going in to the closet, can only enter the closet by themselves for 10 minutes or less, must turn lights and a timer off prior to exiting, and use the hashtag “cryclosetuofu when posting about the space on social media.
so my school installed a cry closet in the library LMFAOOOOOOOOO what is higher education pic.twitter.com/6rGcJv9qjr
— jacks (@aJackieLarsen) April 24, 2018
The closet apparently features stuffed animals for students to enjoy.
— YOUR HYDRA (@BraveTheWorld) April 25, 2018
“The art installation, ‘Cry Closet,’ in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah was created by a graduating senior in the College of Fine Arts,” university spokeswoman Jana Cunningham told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The piece – a project from the student’s woodshop class – was installed on April 22 and will remain in the library until May 2.”
“The installation, available for use by all students, has sparked dialogue about expressing emotions, particularly those in public spaces,” continued Cunningham. “It is an example of how art has the power to catalyze important conversations and engage the public.”
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