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We JUST received a photo of Serkan Özkaya‘s “David (inspired by Michelangelo)” sculpture as it makes its way through New Jersey on its way to downtown Manhattan tonight.

The large work is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “DOUBLE [copies, fakes and replicas]” manifesto series event on the occasion of the arrival and subsequent departure of the big naked guy.

The Turkish conceptual artist’s golden work is twice the size of Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece, and it is based on Stanford University professor Marc Levoy’s computer model.

Part of the joke is that Özkaya has never seen the original sculpture but that hasn’t stopped him from making multiple copies. This is one of two copies of Özkaya’s original piece from 2005, created for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial, which collapsed days before the exhibition opened. The artist later restored the damaged replica and cast two additional copies, one that remains in Turkey and one of which has been recently acquired by 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The work will be touring New York for the day, enjoying the sights and sounds through Times Square, Museum Mile and elsewhere, until being parked in front of the Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street, Soho, Manhattan) in Soho starting at 3pm EST.

Tonight, there will be a panel on the topic of “Double: Copies, Fakes and Replicas” at the gallery and feature a number of manifestos, including one penned by me.

Live streaming of DOUBLE will be available at www.ustream.tv/channel/double-david.

Images courtesy Alice Gray Stites

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