Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Replica Statue of DavidA full-size replica of this famous, nude statue. Outdoors and on a pedestal, which encourages novelty snapshots.
- S. 2nd Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
- I-229 exit 6, then west on Hwy 42/E. 10th St. Downtown, just west of the river, on S. 2nd Ave., between E. 10th and 11th Sts.
Visitor Tips and News About Replica Statue of David
Before David was relocated there was a big brouhaha regarding whether or not David should have his "privates" covered. Fortunately sanity and art won out over conservative idealism.[Mike Maher, 06/11/2012]
The 18-foot-tall bronze replica was unveiled on October 12, 1973. A local Baptist minister penned a letter to the Sioux City newspaper, calling the statue "not art but sin." He predicted, "In the years to come, we can expect to see on the streets of Sioux Falls people going naked. We can expect immoral acts in the parks. Don't be surprised if God doesn't bring a flood or a tornado, or strike the statue with lightning. God will judge this city."
In 1971, inventor Thomas Fawick donated replica statues of Michaelangelo's statues of Moses and David to the city of Sioux Falls. Moses can be found at Augustana college...
David on the other hand, was in the news for awhile. He long stood in Fawick park (named for the inventor), until he had to be removed so the land could be cleaned up from an old gasification plant that once stood there. For several years, the city had him lying on a flatbed in storage in a city garage somewhere. There were many meetings and votes as to where to put him. After the cleanup, Fawick park was totally renovated, and is now beautiful... and it was only logical to put David back there, where he now stands out in the open.[Jamie Wissink, 02/24/2001]