FINE ARTS – SCULPTURE: “Russians to Vote on Covering up Michelangelo’s David” / BBC News ☮

Michelangelo's David

A copy of Michelangelo’s David recently put on show in central St Petersburg may be dressed up because a resident objected to its nakedness.

Organisers of a sculpture exhibition in the city say they’ll ask residents to decide whether to cover up the 5m (16ft) plastic statue, after a local woman complained to the children’s rights ombudsman that it was an eyesore and a bad influence on pupils at a nearby school, the Lenta website reports. “How could you put this bloke without any trousers on in the centre of St Petersburg, next to a school and a church?” the ombudsman’s website quotes the letter as saying. “This giant spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.”

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