A new figure in downtown Reedsport is already turning heads and stirring up controversey.
I saw this statue being carved on the first day and was completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task which artist Doc Nelson had taken on.
This is a copy of DAVID – Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Biblical shepherd, king, and prophet! Doc, a relatively new chainsaw carver, had decided to reproduce a masterpiece of the Renaissance – WITH A CHAINSAW IN THREE DAYS!!!!!!
There were many great carvings this year, but for me – none of them approached DAVID. Think about it for a second….classical art in Reedsport done in a style we are noted for, chainsaw.
For me, there was no better piece to represent our sleepy little town and so I bought it. Even though Doc did not complete his Herculean task – the end product is a thing of beauty, a testament to the art of chainsaw carving and what can be done with it. There was no chance that I was going to let it escape.
I bought it and I single-handedly moved it from Rainbow Plaza to the sidewalk in front of our new shop. In the 24 hours DAVID has been there – nearly 300 cars driving past have either slowed down or stopped as they went past. Dozens have stopped their cars, gotten out, and walked over to examine DAVID in person. I am not alone in my appreciation of this unfinished but still magnificent chainsaw masterpiece.
But, already, there are those who are calling for DAVID to be removed. I’m not sure if they don’t recognize him or if they are offended by the nudity of the form but they are complaining to the city and it seems likely that the city will ask me to remove DAVID under the guise of ordinance or a mistaken notion of prurient intent.
I realize that not everyone has had the opportunity to travel to Italy and see the original, I realize too that perhaps people do not recognize this masterpiece or are unfamiliar with Michelangelo and his art – I offer the following as an aid for those who want to understand before making up their minds on whether DAVID should be allowed to grace our cities streets – or not.
David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Michelangelo.
It is a 4.34-metre (14.2 ft), 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) with the base marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence.] Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504.
Because of the nature of the hero it represented, the statue soon came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome
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