Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Don't you wish you thought of this first?



The waters of the Trevi Fountain in Rome turned a bloody red on October 19th. A man threw red paint into the basin in a bizarre act of vandalism apparently inspired by the Futurists of the early 20th century.

The news agency ANSA reported that a box was found near the fountain containing leaflets by a group that claimed responsibility for the act. The leaflets found beside the fountain claimed that the coloring of the monument had been carried out by ‘FTM Futurist Action 2007,’ a group which has not been heard of before.

The leaflets state that the group aims to battle against “everything and everyone with a spirit of healthy violence” and to turn this “grey bourgeois society into a triumph of color.” As well, the leaflets proclaim that the red paint was a protest for expenses incurred in organizing the Rome Film Festival and symbolically referred to the event’s red carpet.

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