June 8, 2009

Michelangelo's turning in his grave

This is what happens to nude statues in Manila. And this is just a little one decorating the entrance of Music 21, another KTV (karaoke television) venue. And I've just realized that I have never seen a nude statue displayed in any public place in Metro Manila.

wooden replica of Michelangelo's David with a scarf covering his reproductive organ

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27 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh Gee!
Hello dear Hilda!
It's really a pity!This culture is so different!
I had the privilege to see the original David ( by Michelangelo)when in 2001 I visited Academy of Fine Arts in Florence ( Italy ).The sculpture is wonderful and huge! As I graduated in Fine Arts you can imagine my feelings about this "meet"! I must confess that I cried a lot, and it was tears of real joy!
Have a wonderful week there my dearest friend Hilda!
Léia

James said...

I was just wondering if most of the Manila statues wear boxers or briefs? lol, Sorry I couldn't resist.

B Squared said...

Amazing! People and customs never cease to amaze me.

Halcyon said...

Hee! This is just too funny! I have seen the fig leaves in the Vatican - but this is just a little too much!

Olivier said...

original d'avoir habiller la statue, pas certain que ce type de vêtement existait a son époque ;o)
original of credit to dress the statue, not certain that this type of clothes existed has her epoch ;o)

Lois said...

Oh my gosh, that's a great shot Hilda!

ellievellie said...

May be if the artist were more generouse and gave him a bigger pakage they would let it on display - if you have such a small thingy - you might be better covered.

Jacob said...

Manila officials are as puritanical as the poohbahs here. Our former Attorney General had the breasts covered with a drape on a statue before he would give a press conference!

Silliness! And sad!

Christopher Raun Leth said...

In Denmark we often go to other extreme, and that is not always good either. A golden middleway is prefered, I think.

Layrayski said...

now that you mentioned it, yeah. There are no nude statues around here. Great catch Hilda! Love the commentary/observations too. hehehe actually its not really strange to me no? And its not strange to see nude statues in other places- but I know it would be jarring for me to see something nude all of a sudden in the Phils.

marley said...

Funny! Someone was saving his modesty!

Fio said...

Hihihiiii, what a clever way to avoid nakedness ;-)

George said...

What a wonderful photo! Customs in different parts of the world are so very interesting.

That is the chicken said...

Uh-oh! Even such an intricate outsfit doesn't improve on the original!

bfarr said...

Is that a designer scarf? An interesting cultural lesson.

Ken said...

It makes me wonder who they are trying to protect.

Don and Krise said...

Quite the fashion statement. You really find some interesting subjects Hilda.

Neva said...

I guess someone wants to preserve the illusion of innocence! what a hoot!
Thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers for my friend. I think I finally have my computer working. For a few weeks it would not upload a single photo. I had to have the son do his magic and he has been soooo busy...there was no time....but I think it is ok now!

Kaori said...

Wow! For some reason it looks even more 'naken' when I see it wearing something! Is this a prank? Or is someone from the city covering it up on purpose? Very interesting :)

the donG said...

it reflects the conservative filipino lifestyle.

Priyanka Khot said...

If only Michelangelo could see the murder of his masterpiece.

Vogon Poet said...

Very funny shot. Context is everything and is better to avoid these comical results. But I think that it is not right to push unnecessary nakedness on an unwilling public, remembering that there aren't many Michelangelos around today...

Meri said...

Interesting cultural commentary in a single photograph. Well done.

glasgowdailyphoto said...

Oo-er, that's really funny! At least you won't have little kids asking "What's that, mummy?" in public (hopefully!)

PJ said...

I rarely use LOL but this is LOL funny!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

I would think the act of covering it up actually draws attention to it! Thanks for your visit, it's lovely to *see* you again.

JM said...

This is really odd! Lol! Great choice for the theme!