Louisville residents react to giant, gold David statue

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A golden replica of Michelangelo's David was installed in front of the 21c Museum Hotel on Wednesday. The piece was acquired by the museum from Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya in 2010. It was commissioned to make the journey from Istanbul to New York and then to Louisville.

"21c is committed to integrating art into everyday life and David on Main Street is certainly a great example of that," said Alice Gray Stites, 21c curator.

Many people stopped on the street to take pictures.

"Well it's definitely something you don't see in Louisville very often," said Jeannie Brown.

"It's pretty neat. It's an exciting thing to have here in town," said George Ruzicka.

"It's huge, it's gaudy, and I'm not a fan," said Janice Cook.

David may not be here permanently, but Stites said it will be in Louisville for a long time.

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