Gay Icon on Wheels

Massive Golden Version of Michelangelo’s David To Roll Through NYC Tomorrow

New Yorker eyebrows aren’t generally easily raised, but a shimmering 30-foot naked gay icon rolling past on a lowboy truck could just do the trick tomorrow.

A golden double-sized recreation of Michelangelo’s classically homoerotic David sculpture will take a whirlwind tour of the city on Tuesday, as it makes its unlikely journey from Istanbul to Louisville.

Entitled David (inspired by Michelangelo), the huge statue is the work of Turkish artist Serkan Özkaya, and is en route to its new home at 21c, a unique hotel/contemporary art museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

While passing through Manhattan on Tuesday, the glittering David will roll by such landmarks as Times Square, Museum Mile and the High Line, before pulling up at 3pm to the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Nolita, where it will remain on display for several hours.

The sculpture was originally created for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005, but collapsed during its installation.

Follow David (Inspired by Michelangelo) on its New York City journey via Twitter on Tuesday: @storefrontnyc #doubledavid

Images via Resnicow Schroeder Associates and Wikipedia

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  • Alex

    I live in Louisville Kentucky! O: I have never even heard of that art museum. The speed art museum is the big one here. But I will definitely check this out when it gets here. Kind of cool reading a article on here involving my town. c:

  • Rolf Rodefeld

    Good thing it isn’t going to Tennessee; they would demand a fig leaf!

  • CBRad

    manhattan gays won’t even recognize it

  • Mr. Robertson

    @CBRad: OK, I need to know: What did Manhattan gays do to you? Did they collectively show up at your mom’s house and called her fat? Did your best friend overheard every single gay man in Manhattan talking about you behind your back? Did they–I don’t know–invite you to prom only to drop a bucket of pig blood on you? Seriously. There’s gotta be a reason behind this hobby-horse of yours.

  • CBRad

    @Mr. Robertson: My mother’s an idiot so I wouldn’t care if they called her fat, even though she’s not fat. But they’re just horrors. Actually, they didn’t do too much to me, it’s more what I’ve seen them do to other people. And I was disappointed to learn it too! I certainly didn’t choose for that to be the case.

  • randy

    So, how long is it?

  • Ben

    Did they keep his dick the same size as the original’s?

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