Trains could topple David
MICHELANGELO’s David is in danger of collapsing because of vibrations from a nearby construction site, an Italian expert warned. Workers are poised to begin excavation work on a new high-speed train to run underneath the Italian city of Florence. But architect Fernando De Simone said the digging will violently shake the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses the worldfamous statue. And he predicts the reverberations will be so bad they could cause the 5.17-metre marble nude to topple. Tunnels will pass about 600 meters from the statue, the ankles of which, are riddled with cracks.