Michelangelo's David

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Date: 2001

Region: North America

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Sculpture


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Artist: Michelangelo

Confronting Bodies: Jim Drumm, City Manager, and local businessmen

Dates of Action: April 2001

Location: Fountain and Falls shop, Lake Alfred, Orlando, FL

Description of Artwork: A 5-foot, 500-pound concrete copy of the anatomically correct male figure

The Incident: The sculpture was put in front of the Fountain and Falls shop. “I didn’t even know it was art,” said Jeanne Johnson, the owner of a nearby barber-shop, who was among those who complained to City Hall about the sculpture. “To me, it’s just a naked man standing at the side of the road.” Such complaints prompted Jim Drumm, City Manager, to research the city’s code and statutes to see if the sculpture violated obscenity laws.

Results of Incident: Owners of the store were asked to put a cloth around the statue, which then attracted more attention than the nude one. Tourists were posing with the statue. Chuck Cole, shop manager, said he would replace the plain white cloth with a leopard-print bandanna.

Source: www.orlandosentinel.com, NCAC