Michelangelo’s David’s weak ankles make him vulnerable to collapse
One of the world’s most famous statues is in danger of collapsing.
Researchers believe that the vibrations caused by the millions of tourists who flock to see the statue, as well as the rumbling of passing traffic, have contributed to the statue’s damage.
They also say that the statue, which is 17-feet-tall and weighs over 12,000 pounds, leaned at an angle for more than a century, and is also constructed from a poor quality marble.
Many have been calling for the statue to be removed from the Galleria dell’Accademia and moved to a specially-built, earthquake-proof museum.