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Cooling Down With David
Status: Fake
Maybe some city really did sponsor the urban art project depicted below. But I doubt it. It definitely looks photoshopped to me. There must be an original David-free version of this picture floating around somewhere.
Update: The fountain is real. It's the Crown Fountain designed by artist Jaume Plensa in Chicago's Millennium Park. But the image of David is fake. The Millennium Park website explains:

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through a water outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

In other words, it would be possible to project an image of Michelangelo's David onto the tower, but it doesn't sound as if this has ever been done.

Update: This image comes from a Fark photoshop contest. It was created by a Farker named gigglechick.

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Categories: ArtPhotos/VideosPlaces
Posted by The Curator on Thu Dec 01, 2005
Insert Golden Shower jokes below:
Posted by Craig  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  12:28 AM
This is in Millenium Park in Chicago. The video sculpture and the water spout are 100% real, I've been there several times. Whether the sculture ever displayed the statue of David, I couldn't say for sure.
Posted by Jason  in  Milwaukee, WI  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  12:50 AM
I'm positive this was a photoshop contest on Fark.com. Can't remember exactly how long ago, but I believe it was this year.
Posted by jerry  in  Michigan  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  05:48 AM
I was right and I was wrong. It was a Fark Photoshop. http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=1089576

(Second entry is your David. Photoshopped by "gigglechick")

It wasn't this year. It was August, 2004.
Posted by jerry  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  06:03 AM
"(Second entry is your David. Photoshopped by "gigglechick")"

It seems odd that the previous entry, NOT this one, was submitted by "modified_dangler."
Posted by Big Gary in Eddy, Texas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  06:24 PM
Any one with the slightest knowledge of historical statuary would immediately see this as a blatently ignorant hoax, David's member points a little to his right and slightly down.
Posted by Sir Trev  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  07:15 PM
thanks for the credit... you don't know how many sites have been posting that darned image (and i would've added my url signature to it, but fark frowns upon doing so in their contests)

anyway, thanks

erin
Posted by gigglechick  in  brick, nj  on  Tue Apr 11, 2006  at  01:37 AM
coooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllll
Posted by Brandy  in  camden  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  04:11 PM
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