Is Michelangelo’s David being covered up?
Location: Dubai, UAE
A 3-D replica of the statue is on display at the Dubai Expo
But only the head and neck of the statue are visible
The legs and genitals are visible at a lower level reserved for select guests
Italian media are calling it an act of self-censorship
But organizers deny deliberately trying to cover it up
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMISSIONER OF ITALIAN PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI, PAOLO GLISENTI, SAYING:
"We have planned to position David's statue the way it is now many many months ago, and we took the David statue here to our pavilion at the end of April in the middle of Ramadan by the way in the presence of many high officials of the Emirati and Italian government and nobody ever questioned. Nobody from the Emirati side or from our side, no one ever thought about making any change in our original plan, which is what you see now."