A Tale of Two City’s Sculptures

Florence, Italy

Chicago, Illinois

What do these two sculptures, works of public art, have in common?

Aside from giving interesting clues about how each city views or viewed the power of the citizen, and insights into the aesthetics of each place, what these two sculpted men share is that each has been moved from his place of power. From where the art might do the most good. From where the art would have the most power.

Read this about what some Florentines want to do to David now.

Our guy has also been taken away from where he belongs. He’s now at Chicago Police Headquarters, preaching to the converted.

And don’t both show vulnerability? The officer, while saying “Stop!,” looks very vulnerable. Maybe that’s is why he’s been vandalized and bombed at least twice.

David – well, if that’s not vulnerable, I don’t know what it is.


David, Michelangelo, 1504 / Florence, Galleria dell’Accademia

One Response to “A Tale of Two City’s Sculptures”

  1. Pete Says:

    Well, having that statue at the site of the Haymarket Riot, with no mention of the “anarchists” who were unjustly executed in its aftermath, did seem rather biased and in poor taste. But I can see your point. Perhaps that statue should have been kept at the Haymarket, alongside the new memorial, to remind us of the senseless losses on both sides of the divide.

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