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Bridge of Sighs?

Bridge of Sighs

With the right accessories, reality doesn't look so real any more.



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Nov. 4th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Mum and Dad showed me that from their recent holiday snaps of Venice. I was absolutely outraged anyone would agree to such an awful thing -- but from what little I understand of them, Italian heritage laws aren't quite as tight as they could be.
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
It's more sensible than it looks. It covers over the scaffolding for the cleaning and maintenance that's going on underneath those ads. Venice has been doing picture and advertising scaffolding more and more in the past few years - the alternative is looking at bare scaffolding after all. Some of the results have been tasteful; many have been bizarre.

The "sky" around the Bridge of Sighs is, at least, hilariously surreal. We couldn't stop laughing as we went under it. I wasn't quite as taken by the series of towers whose images graced the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square while it was under renovation - including the Big Ben Clock Tower. (Not what one normally goes to Venice to see.)
Nov. 4th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, scaffolding - okay. I was wondering if it was some performance piece, a la Christo.

How odd.
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
That's not to say that ALL large-scale ads in Venice cover scaffolding; but this does and many do.
Nov. 5th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
Actually I think that all the billboards in Venice do cover scaffolding. The quaint, old-fashioned way of concealing the working structure was with an image of the building that was being restored; but -- it goes without saying -- there was no money in it.
Nov. 5th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
It was something similar when I was there a few months ago. Actually, I quite like the look of it (though it is undoubtedly very strange).
Nov. 5th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
It occured to me that the il Ponte dei Sospiri (the Bridge of Sighs) is now covered by advertising by advertising brought to you by "Geox, la scarpa che respira" (the shoe that breathes). So should it now be, "la scarpa che sospira"? I think there is something going on here. Great photo, by the way.
Nov. 6th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Or maybe it is the Bridge of (Shoe) Sizes.
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