“The marble not yet carved, can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has”


As the weather begins to get nicer, a stroll down Louisville’s historic Main Street. While taking in the sights of the Science center, Fraiser History Museum and the GIANT Louisville Slugger, you’ll undoubtedly come across something that doesn’t really seem to fit… and the question ‘why is there a giant statue of David?’ will cross your mind before continuing to stroll pass to the other sights.

History of the original statue

Italian artist Michelangelo sculpted the statue in the image of a biblical figure name David, in between the years of 1501 and 1504. The masterpiece is 5.17-meter (17.0 ft) originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roof line of the east end of Florence Cathedral, instead however he was placed in the public square, outside the Palazzo Vecchio, on 8 September 1504. The statue was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.

David is made of gold-painted foam, twice the size of the original.

History of the replica

Sculpted by Turkish artist Serkan Özkaya. This reproduction of Michelangelo’s David is made of gold-painted foam, twice the size of the original. It was originally created for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005, and took six people six months to build, but it collapsed during installation The statue was restored and two copies were cast at a workshop in the Turkish city of Eskişehir. One of them will be displayed at a park in Eskişehir. The other was acquired by the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky and was transported, lying on its side on a truck trailer,

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