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Japan town demands pants for Michelangelo's David

Published on Feb 6, 2013 1:58 PM
 
In this file handout photo taken by Okuizumi town government on Aug 28, 2012, a replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece sculpture David is shown at a public park in Okuizumi town in Shimane prefecture, western Japan. The sculpture that was erected suddenly last summer is unnerving residents of a Japanese town, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.  -- PHOTO: AFP/OKUIZUMI GOVERNMENT

TOKYO (AFP) - A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance sculpture David that was erected suddenly last summer is unnerving residents of a Japanese town, with some calling for the naked masterpiece to be given underpants.

Okuizumo town in western Shimane prefecture received five-metre 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 that also includes a full-size running track, a baseball stadium, tennis courts, a mountain bike course and a play area with apparatus for children.

"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," town official Yoji Morinaga told AFP.

 
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