Graziano Cecchini, the self-styled artist who dyed the Trevi fountain in Rome red, has form. Ten years ago he did exactly the same thing, and in 2008 he released over half a million coloured balls down the Spanish Steps into the equally-renowned fountain in Piazza di Spagna.
However cultural curators in The Eternal City are concerned.
“The greatest damage is the damage to the city’s image,” says the Superintendent of Rome Cultural Heritage, Claudio Parisi Presicce.
“This is behaviour that has already happened this summer”, said the head of Rome’s police Diego Porta.
Cecchini justified his repeat action by saying on a social media post that 10 years had passed and that “just few things have changed since, and most of them have worsened”. He added that “Rome has fallen asleep amidst corruption and dirt” and that it has to wake up, to prove that it’s “alive and ready to become again the Capital of Art, Life and Renaissance”.