Call for pants on Michaelangelo's David
The residents of a Japanese town have asked for a replica of Michelangelo's David to be fitted with underpants.
The 16ft statue was erected in a park in Okuizumo where it towered over people visiting nearby sports facilities.
But it is also close to a children's play area, which prompted residents to object to the Renaissance statue's nudity.
"It's frightening the children and worrying the adults with its nakedness," said an official in the small mountainside town.
"Several people have asked us to cover it up with underpants."
The statue, along with a replica of the 'topless' Venus de Milo, was presented to the town by a local businessman.
Local officials said they hoped that residents would in time come to appreciate the value of the sculptures, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Town official Yoji Morinaga said: "They are statues of unclothed humans, and such pieces of art work are very rare in our area.
"It's the first time we have had anything like this in our town. Perhaps people were perplexed."