Last summer, Okuizumo town in western Shimane Prefecture, a location of less than 15,000 residents, received a replica of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, with some of the locals asking now for the naked work of art to wear pants.
The city received a five-meter tall replica of Italian artist Michelangelo’s sculpture David, made during Renaissance, as well as a replica of Greek masterpiece Venus de Milo, both of them as donations coming from a businessman who used to live in the area.
The statues were placed in a large public park, where there are also a full-size running track, a baseball stadium, tennis courts, a mountain bike course and a play area for children.
“Some people have told the town’s legislators that toddlers are afraid of the statues because they are so big and they appeared unexpectedly over the summer. They are statues of unclothed humans, and such pieces of art work are very rare in our area. Some people apparently said the statues might not be good for their children,” town official Yoji Morinaga said.
While some of the people were happy for the new works of art, others stated that David should wear underpants in order to keep his modesty, according to the international press.
“It is the first time we have had anything like this in our town. Perhaps people were perplexed,” Morinaga said.
The original David is placed in the Accademia di Belle Arti, in Florence, Italy, while the Louvre museum in Paris hosts Venus de Milo.