Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:00 PM
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(Japan) Put pants on ‘David’ replica, locals urge
A replica of Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture “David” that was erected suddenly last summer in a Shimane Prefecture town is unnerving residents, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.
The town of Okuizumo received 5-meter-tall replicas of “David” and the “Venus de Milo” as donations from a businessman who hails from the area.
The statues were erected in a large public park that includes a full-size running track, a baseball stadium, tennis courts, a mountain bike course and a playground for children.
“Some people have told the town’s assembly members that toddlers are afraid of the statues because they are so big and they appeared unexpectedly over the summer,” town official Yoji Morinaga said, adding that some residents are troubled by statues of unclothed humans. “Some people apparently said the statues might not be good for their children” to view, he said.
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