David (inspired by Michelangelo)

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Ozkaya's David (inspired by Michelangelo) minutes before the collapse. 2005

David (inspired by Michelangelo) is a sculpture by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya. It is a reproduction of Michelangelo's David made of gold-painted foam, twice the size of the original, and based on a computer model by Stanford University professor Marc Levoy.[1] 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.[2]

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,[3] and was transported, lying on its side on a truck trailer, into New York City in March 2011 for a presentation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture before continuing on to its permanent location in Louisville.[4][5][6]

The sculpture is a subject of a 2010 film by Danila Cahen, Friendly Enemies, and of a 2011 book, Rise and Fall and Rise of David (inspired by Michelangelo).[citation needed]

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