Michelangelo’s David ‘risks toppling’

7 May 2014ArtsScience

Italian news agency ANSA:

Michelangelo’s statue of David risks toppling under its own weight, researchers in Florence warned on Wednesday. The National Research Council (CNR) and the University of Florence sounded the alarm after performing tests on 10cm plaster replicas of the statue inside a centrifuge, exposing them to pressures stronger than the force of gravity. Focus was centered on a series of micro-fractures on the legs, whose ankles are allegedly too thin to support its 5,572 kilograms safely.

(Via The Verge)