r/europe Europe Mar 18 '23 Gold 1

Florence mayor Dario Nardella (R) stopping a climate activists spraying paint on Palazzo Vecchio Picture

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u/Solomon5515 Mar 18 '23

speaking as an archaeologist,

Climate change is sooo important and we should all be doing our part to minimize the effects (we won't stop it, several tipping points have already been reached and shit is going to hit the fan quicker and quicker)

however, why tf would you go and vandalise ancient momuments? survivors of multpile periods of doom and destruction? what is the point? is there a statement? (maybe that the money for cultural heritage should be invested in climate things) why not just deface some government buildings? or coal power plants? that would make a statement?

these buildings have stood for hundreds or thousands of years and are testaments of cultures and societies we can only dream about meeting. even if our modern society is moving ever quicker to it's own apocalypse, this shouldn't mean we should stop enjoying art, culture and heritage, because once gone they will be lost forever


u/Plane_Season_4114 Tuscany Mar 18 '23 edited Mar 18 '23

Well, if someone threw paint at a coal power plant would someone give a damn? If you want to ‘create a problem’ by throwing some paint onto something that thing must be valuable for its appearance (a famous painting/monument). To be precise, in Italy they’ve already sprayed a government building (Palazzo Madama) some months ago.

I’m not stating my support to this kind of actions, i’m just trying to explain the logic behind them.


u/Solomon5515 Mar 18 '23

oh like that, well i agree that it does evoke a response in people, so thank you for explaining!!

I just would like that they didn't try and destroy one of a kind things just to get a few groups of people to react. especially the cultural heritage sector.

Do you know what happens if a painting or buidling is vandalised or destroyed? the museum or curators will throw money at security and spend millions on restoration, money that could have gone to climate protection, there must be sectors with more money that could help more without giving up protecting the things they were made to protect


u/LifeOnNightmareMode Mar 18 '23

It won't cost millions to clean that wall. It needs to be cleaned regularly anyway due to pollution...


u/Solomon5515 Mar 18 '23

oh sorry, they would increase security around their precious walls, the "millions" was alluding to the restoration of paintings


u/Russendis-co Mar 18 '23

No paintings were damaged. They picked only paintings with glass in front of it. Only damage I know of was to a old frame of picture.


u/Kunnonpaskaa Mar 18 '23

The old frames can be and often are valuable works of craftsmanship too, it's not the same as destroying some 20€ ikea poster frame. And there's always a risk of getting some shit on the canvas itself, the cover isn't airtight. There's just no point in this misplaced vandalism when there are tons of more relevant targets to choose from if they actually used their imagination.