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Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David stands tall in a park in Japan.Photo: AFP
Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David stands tall in a park in Japan.Photo: AFP

A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David that was erected recently is unnerving residents of a Japanese town, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.

Okuizumo town received 16-foot replicas of David and of Greek treasure the Venus de Milo, as donations from a businessman who hails from the area.

The statues were put up in a large public park. "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.

The original David is housed in the Accademia di Belle Arti, in Florence, Italy.AFP


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