by Nigel Boys
The Japanese want to put pants on David. A replica of Michelangelo’s famous statue was installed without much warning last summer in Okuizumo, Japan. But the famously nude biblical hero is raising eyebrows – and reportedly scaring children — in this town of 15,000 in southeast Shimane prefecture.
The 16-foot-tall statue — which stands alongside a similarly exposed Venus de Milo — was donated by a local businessman and stands tall in an Okuizumo park that also features a running track, baseball stadium and children’s playground. According to local officials, some residents have asked officials to put underwear on David in order to “preserve his modesty.”