Japanese Town Wants to Put Underwear on David Statue

According to local officials, some residents have asked officials to clothe David in order to “preserve his modesty.”

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A replica of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece sculpture David at a public park in Okuizumo town in Shimane prefecture, western Japan, Aug. 28, 2012.

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, the AFP reports. According to local officials, some residents have asked officials to put underwear on David in order to “preserve his modesty.”

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“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 told the AFP.

Despite the reputation of some Japanese for — shall we say — esoteric  sexual predilictions, full frontal nudity is illegal in photos or on film.

Morinaga says he hopes that the town’s residents will learn to appreciate the sculptures and believes that they’ll be valuable in education. But the figures’ nudity remains an issue — as it has been for other viewers through the years. When a replica of the statue was donated to Queen Victoria in 1857, she was reportedly so shocked that a modesty-preserving fig leaf was specifically commissioned just to appease Her Majesty. It’s no longer a part of the statue, which is on display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but instead is housed in a special case just behind the work of art.

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14 comments
WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

It probably keeps reminding (the critics) them of their own tiny peckers, so it's better for them to cover this 'scary lack of modesty'.

rosebudmi
rosebudmi

If a statue of David is scaring children, then this town has more problems than the lack of underwear on a statue.  

Raithea
Raithea

I lived in Kobe where they have a number of naked cherub statues all over the city.

VaryChin
VaryChin

They need to change that underwear regularly, otherwise it will be smelly :D 

emastmagy
emastmagy

Let's not be ethnocentric. What we think appropriate might be inappropriate to others. If their culture detects it is not appropriate, it's not appropriate. 

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

I presume the children don't get sex education then .

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

So will they be made of stone or cotton? 

bdcooper40
bdcooper40

I WONDER IF THE JAPANESE, TURN THEIR LIGHTS OFF .WHEN THEY  MAKE WHOOPIE.

WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

@Raithea That's it! Cherubs CAN have tiny peckers, It's ALL right. But an adult................No, that's too embarrassing for them.