Yesterday night, the Police caught the man, 54 years old, who "damaged" Fontana di Trevi last friday. He should belong to an unknown association called "Azione Futurista 2007" that signed the protest leaflet: "We who are vulnerable, old, ill, students, workers, we come with vermilion to colour your greyness." The liquid the "vandal" used was aniline, the simplest amine.
(the "vandal" threwing a bucket of red dye - via Corriere del sera)
Francesco Rutelli called the stunt "an unacceptable and irresponsible act of vandalism". The same indignation for Walter Veltroni, major of Rome.
I don't get the point of these reactions. Personally, I'm not worried about the vermilion Fontana di Trevi. I'm concerned about the condition of Pompei, of Rome (neighborhoods abandoned by the same municipality that is reacting with violence to that vandalistic action), of Venice (that is becoming a big open-air restaurant/pizzeria), of the lack of museum of modern/contemporary art.
And again, what is the difference between a vermilion fountain and Christo's works? Aren't Christo's masterpieces a phisical intrusion/invasion into our private/public lives?
So, paradoxically, the vermilion fountain, even though with few cultural meanings, drags us out of the virtuality of opulent boutiques, resplendent filmfestival and futile political discussions.
(the red water - via Corriere del sera)
(cleaning the fountain - via Corriere del sera)