The centuries-old statues in the scenic setting of the Loggia dei Lanzi in piazza della Signoria, the seat of civic pride, are currently undergoing restoration. The work is expected to be completed by the end of December. In the meantime, the cellophane wrapping of the sculptures fluttering in the breeze is captivating the imagination of passersby.
Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, commented that he is hopeful that the advent of electric mobility will mean that the site-specific statues will not have to be moved inside the museum any time soon. Indeed, as reported by Italian news wire Ansa, Schmidt went as far as expressing a wish that “perhaps in 20 years or so, we could plan the return of statues that were removed from their original context [of piazza della Signoria]” in a clear reference to Michelangelo’s David.