On October 26th, the Trevi Fountain ran red. And no it wasn’t for some cool festival or fashion show for Fendi or any other bullshit like that.
Italian activist, Graziano Cecchini, actually dyed the waters reads statement of protest against fucking corruption. He had made a statement that it was a “cry that Rome isn’t dead, that it’s alive and ready to be the capital of art, life and Renaissance.”
This isn’t the first time he’s done this in the last ten years. He just wants to get his goddamn point across.
If you don’t know what the Trevi fountain is, the only way I can relate it is by comparing it to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York. So it makes fucking sense that that’s where he’d make this statement.
This past spring, Greenpeace hung a huge banner that had “liberty, equality, fraternity” on the Eiffel Tower against conservative candidate Marine Le Pen.
Weeks later, an anti-whaling group doused red paint all over Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue.
But what happens when landmarks are at stake for statements, protests and art?
I’m all for art and protest against corruption and saving fucking whales. But Jesus Christ, these are already works of arts and parts of history, it’s ignorant, have some fucking sense. Statements do have to be stunts but be fucking smart.
I appreciate what they’re trying to do by getting the point across, but I’m only for it if no harm, no foul.