David Replica (Lake Alfred, Florida)

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Date: 2001

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Sculpture


Confronting Bodies: Lake Alfred residents

Dates of Action: April, 2001

Location: The statue is placed in front of the Fountain and Falls shop, Lake Alfred, Florida

Description of Artwork: A 500 pound, five foot replica of Michelangelo's David

The Incident: The owner of the Fountain and Falls shop placed the sculpture outside of their business, which prompted a series of complaints by town residents to City Hall. The City Manager found no legal action to take against the shop owners, but asked that they cover the David with a loincloth as a courtesy to the residents.

Results of Incident: The shop owners bowed to pressure and wrapped a cloth around the figure's waist. Chuck Cole, the shop's manager, said he intends to replace the cloth with a leopard-print bandana. The statue has attracted more attention since the cloth was added.

Source: Orlandosentinel.com, 4.26.01