Louisville’s Statue of David at the 21c.

According to The Huffington Post:

New Yorkers were treated to a giant, gold naked man on the back of a flatbed truck Tuesday. The replica of Michaelangelo’s statue of David made a pitstop in Manhattan while on its way to the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on full view for surprised tourists and their cameras. The driver of the truck had to pay an exorbitant $130 toll to cross the George Washington Bridge for the viewing (and you thought your tolls were bad).”

According to Elizabeth Kramer’s article in The Courier-Journal,30-foot-tall ‘David’ statue to arrive in Louisville after today’s New York debut:

The statue by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Ozkaya, called “David (inspired by Michelangelo),” is one of two copies of an original acquired by 21c Museum in Louisville…  Ozkaya created “David” for the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005, but it collapsed there just after its installation. The artist restored the piece and created two copies, including the one that will make its way to Louisville.

The last time I saw the statue of David, it was at the Galleria dell’Accademia and we were all rushed out of the gallery because of an electrical fire that sounded like a herd of buffalo.   I was alone, and for a moment I thought I was going to die.  The crowd stampeded out of the place, and I, heart in my throat, decided to go have some bread and wine soon after.  That was a romantic time, and now that I’m 12 years older and faced with this gold replica…  Well…  It just sounds fun to go see.  And not for any dirty reasons.  I promise.  Romantic.  Not dirty.

Honestly, checking this out is just another excuse for me to get a fancy bourbon flight…and it also makes me feel so lucky that the 21c is in our town.  Seriously.  I always take visitors to see the artwork and drink the bourbon there, and it NEVER disappoints.

Go see awesome things at the 21c!

21c Museum Hotel

700 West Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

A nice juxtaposition.

Yesterday, our friend Ashley visited us from Chicago.  For her, our move to Louisville is surreal, as she spent many a summer of her youth exploring the Highlands as well as her aunt’s house and orchard.  The three of us exchanged experience and Louisville loves, with Ashley introducing us to HER Louisville and she being introduced to OURS.

First on the agenda, Ash took us to the 21 C Museum Hotel’s restaurant Proof at 700 West Main Street downtown.  I’ve been craving fine bourbon, and Ashley likes the vibe there, so we loaded up in the family van and went downtown where Sunday parking was free (Chicago’s meters are now at 24/7 payment, so I’m honestly just gloating here to all my city friends).

*You know you’re at Proof when you see the chandelier on the corner:

We hung out at the bar where we had a waitress who reminded me of Lisa Bonet.  

Bern got the 15 year Pappy Van Winkle, and the ladies opted for the bourbon flight that included the Pappy:

It was a little pricey, but the experience was worth it!  After the bar, we checked out the museum.  For those who aren’t from Louisville, the 21 C Museum Hotel is one of the neatest places to stay (I think).  Check out the lobby/gallery:

My favorite exhibit/toy because you can bump and move the letters coming down:

And us, a little blurry, but I like this picture.

After we left Proof, we took Ash to one of my favorite places, Zeppelin Cafe in Germantown, introduced to me last summer by our buddy Paul LePree (our first friend in Louisville who owns the amazing store Ultra Pop).

Zeppelin Cafe made me fall in love with Louisville.  I think it was the big booths, bright windows, and the fact that they make their own delicious beer cheese and pretzels.

We ate dinner there, but the pretzels and cheese could have been a meal on their own.  Check out their menu.  Bern had a Hot Brown(see below), which Ash told us is THE Louisville sandwich.


We ended the day by taking Ash to ValuMarket for some Kentucky Bourbon Ale, another one of my favorite treats of this city.  For us, this day was truly special, and these two hang-out spots, albeit different in scene, were perfect back to back.  For our future Zeppelin Cafe adventures, we plan on playing 50 cent pool in their upstairs area.