Where in the world is the David?


How many Davids can we find around the globe? We are not talking about any David, but the Biblical hero that became one of the most famous statues of the world. Still today, people from all over the world, wants to see the real and first David, created during the renaissance times. A huge statue of 5,17 meters, realized with white marm at the beginning of the 500 by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was instead placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504. Since 1872 the original David, since then located in Piazza dell Signoria, The statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica. Because of the nature of the hero that it represented, it soon came to symbolise the defence of civil liberties embodied in the Florentine Republic, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome. Since 1872 a copy made of Bronze material have been put in Piazzale Michelangelo and several, different copies of it are located everywhere in the world with different shapes, materials ecc. And this is where the idea came from: it doesn’t have to be the original David, here in Florence, it could be any copy, anywhere: a pair of rings, a t-shirt, a souvenir… "Let’s see how many Davids we can find. If you see the David, take a picture and share it with us. Your picture will be available online for other users and it can be part of an exhibition at Le Murate in Florence!"