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Italian capital’s Trevi Fountain turns red again after a decade

After a decade, the waters of Italian capital’s famous 18th-century fountain known as Trevi Fountain has turned to red again. It happened when the anarchic activist-artist Graziano Cecchini poured red dye into the landmark basin on the afternoon of October 26 in protest to the city’s 2017 film festival which was opened on Thursday.

According to reports, Cecchini was immediately arrested by the local police and is currently awaiting appropriate charges. Meanwhile, the local government is still assessing the Baroque monument for possible damage.

Cecchini has done the same ‘vandalism-art’ stunt as a protest against the cost of hosting an international film festival last 2007. Just like this year, the 64-year-old anarchic activist-artist also dyed the fountain in the historic center of Rome which gave him a spotlight in different international news portals.

Graziano Cecchini is also the same person who is responsible for the 500,000 plastic balls which were rolled down the Spanish Steps in 2008. According to the artist, each of the plastic balls represents the lie being told by a politician. Such act of protest also garnered Cecchini a lot of attention.

Trevi fountain is one of the most well-known fountains not only in Rome but also in the world. It is especially famous among tourists. As the legend tells, if you want a return visit to Rome, you will have to throw coins into the 18th-century marble fountain’s basin.

The Baroque masterpiece has recently gone through a €2 million restoration work which was sponsored by fashion house Fendi and was just reopened in 2015 after a long restoration work.

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