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Q: house's owner ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: house's owner
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: hotelier-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 04 Jun 2003 11:11 PDT
Expires: 04 Jul 2003 11:11 PDT
Question ID: 213029
In Los Angeles, on 3rd street there is a house called "Youngwood
Court" with about twenty statues of David.  What's the deal the owner?
Subject: Re: house's owner
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 04 Jun 2003 11:43 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Ah...Michelangelo's David.  If one statue is a masterpiece, surely 17
of them can only multiply the glory...or so the thinking apparently

The display at Youngwood Court has a fair amount of noteriety, having
been written up in newspapers in Dallas, Memphis, Toronto and, of
course, Los Angeles.

Here's an excerpt from the LA Times:

House of 'David'
When 17 replicas of Michelangelo's famed statue adorn the outside of a
home, is it art or excess?
The Los Angeles Times Nov 17, 1997

It is one of most recognizable sculptures in the world, a monument to
the perfect male form, a paramount symbol of Renaissance art.

Michelangelo's "David." 

Norwood Young's got 17 of them. 

They line his mansion's semicircular driveway--two sets of eight
3-foot-high replicas on column pedestals, flanking each side of a
diminutive "Venus de Milo." A lone "David" sits atop Young's roof,
along with six plaster models of Greco Roman-style busts. The statues
are irregular, each one slightly different from the other.

Young, who set up the statues a year ago, thinks he's improved the
neighborhood. The neighborhood--stately, affluent Hancock
Park--strongly disagrees...


I can't quote the full article here for copyright reasons, but you can
access it directly (for a small fee) at the LA Times website at (awww,
go on....guess): 

Suffice it to say, Mr. Young, a self-described recording artist, likes
his Davids, who he says were inspired by a dream, and doesn't really
give a @#$%**!! what the neighbors think.  The neighbors, for their
part, are mixed -- either hating it, or greeting it all with a cosmic
shrug of the shoulders.  For what it's worth, the owner of the
multi-Davids has a reputation as a good neighbor, the statues
themselves not withstanding.

You can find a few "Youngwood Court" pics and things on the web,
photos and a bit of commentary ("WHO are you people trying to fool?")

and the somewhat more reverent reference at:

I hope this is the information you were looking for, but if anything
needs elaboration, just let me know through a Request for
Clarification, and I'll be hapy to assist you further.


search strategy:  Google search and newspaper archives searches on
"Youngwood Court"
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