The life-size replica of Michelangelo's DAVID, reproduced in state-of-the-art 3D technology, promises to be one of the major attractions of the coming edition of EXPO, due to open at Dubai on the 1st October 2021.
The colossal marble statue of the biblical hero, a towering 5 metres, including its base, is considered to be one of the marvels of the Italian Renaissance. Symbolizing the Medici power in Florence, it originally stood at the entrance to Palazzo Vecchio until it was moved inside the Gallery of the Academy to preserve it from vandals and modern air pollution. It was replaced at the time by the identical marble copy that visitors can admire in Piazza della Signoria.
The Dubai replica, however, is a triumph of modern technology, requiring 40 hours of three dimensional scanning in 146 thousands-millimetres resolution, as well as hours of manual perfectionism to remove defects and create a marble look-like surface in resin and marble dust. The result is one of the largest 3D printed replicas of an art work in the world.
The David copy will grace the centre of the Italian Pavilion at the Dubai EXPO, scheduled to run until 31st March 2022.