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Bridge of Sighs


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

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daisho
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:29 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.
owlfish
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:35 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.)
sioneva
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, scaffolding - okay. I was wondering if it was some performance piece, a la Christo.

How odd.
owlfish
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
That's not to say that ALL large-scale ads in Venice cover scaffolding; but this does and many do.
geesepalace
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:32 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.
steer
Nov. 5th, 2009 07:46 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).
printperson
Nov. 5th, 2009 11:39 am (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.
printperson
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Or maybe it is the Bridge of (Shoe) Sizes.
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