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Italy Races to Save Michelangelo’s 500-Year Old Statue David From Weak Ankles

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Jan 10, 2017 03:28 AM EST

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Michelangelo’s famous statue of David
The statue of David stands 17ft tall and is housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. It was built by the famed artist Michelangelo sometime between 1501 and 1504 when he was only 26 years.
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We all thought that only sick or old people have weak ankles, but who knew Michelangelo's famous statue of David is on the brink of breaking down because of the time-old weak ankles he has? Art historians are urging to have the statue saved before an earthquake gets to shake David's knees.

Geoscientist Alessandro Martelli told Told The Times that, "In the light of the earthquakes in central Italy and the fact we cannot rule out their extension towards the north, the problem of the seismic protection of Michelangelo's David has become extremely urgent." It was even found out a decade ago that the material used for creating the structure was substandard.

The Italian government now races to save Michelangelo's David by raising €200,000 in order to build a plinth for the statue to avoid a fallout. However, the money has to be realized before construction could begin.

According to the Daily Mail, Antonio Borri, a seismic engineer from Perugia University, lament, "The announcement has remained just that, with no follow-up." He continued to say that all of their work has been in vain because the people cannot understand works of art like this "can't be measured against the short span of our human lives."

A call to preserve Italy's monuments, buildings and statues started to grow after the earthquake in central Italy in August last year damaged the country's renaissance churches and historical edifices.

The Cultural Ministry Official, Fabio Carapezza Guttuso even stated, "We are preparing to rebuild things how they were and where they were while lightening the structures and improving resilience by using modern resins."

The statue of David stands 17ft tall and is housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence. It was built by the famed artist Michelangelo sometime between 1501 and 1504 when he was only 26 years.

Accademia Org wrote that the artist "accepted the challenge with enthusiasm to sculpt a large scale David and worked constantly for over two years to create one of his most breathtaking masterpieces of gleaming white marble."

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