The statue is riddled with tiny cracks, particularly in the ankles of the boy warrior, and could collapse as a result of vibrations from the 1.4 billion euro project, which is due to start in the summer.Five years on, the Bologna - Florence - Rome passenger rail project continues, and David still stands, as far as I know, in the same place.
The threat of serious damage being done to one of the world’s most famous statues has prompted calls for it to be moved to a purpose-built museum away from the construction work.
“The tunnel will pass about 600 meters (2,000ft) from the statue of David, the ankles of which, it is well known, are riddled with micro-fissures. If it’s not moved before digging begins, there is a serious risk that it will collapse,” said Fernando De Simone, an expert in underground engineering.
The cracks in the marble are mostly in David’s left ankle and in the carved tree stump which bears part of the statue’s weight.
They are thought to have developed because for more than a century the statue leant at an angle, and because the marble used in the statue was not of a high standard.
The European Union, not so much.