The coy residents of a small Japanese town have been so shocked by a replica of Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture of a naked David that they have called for it to be fitted out in underpants.
The 16 foot replica of the classic sculpture has been put up in a park in Okuizumo where, standing on a plinth, it towers over everyone visiting the area to use the nearby running track, baseball stadium and tennis courts.
It is also close to a children’s play area, which is of added concern to residents who have objected to the statue’s nudity.
‘It’s frightening the children and worrying the adults with its nakedness’ said a town official. ‘Several people have asked us to cover it up with underpants.’
The statue, along with a replica of Greek treasure the ‘topless’ Venus de Milo, was presented to the town by a businessman who comes from the area.
Both statues were erected in a prominent position in the park and while many residents have appreciated the gift, some have admitted they are worried about the blatant nakedness on display.
‘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,’ said Mr Yoji Morinaga, a town official
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