In the UK if you wish to describe something as never-ending, you might say “It’s like painting the Forth Bridge” (Not the road bridge or its pending replacement, but the magnificent steel network that is the rail bridge).

The point of the saying is that it takes so long to complete the job, that by the time you complete the final strokes at one end, the other end is in need of a new coat.  Maintenance and repair must be like that in Venice, with so many grand edifices stretched out along the Grand Canal, there will always be some that are in need of repair, though it seemed that this year it was some of the most important that were blighted by scaffolding and tarpaulin screening.  The Basilica of St Mark being a case in point.

Several others have taken to a camouflage approach, covering the building with what is effectively a picture of what lies underneath.  Nice idea, but we’re someway off the point where this actually resembles a building, so shots of the Rialto Bridge feature a building site in the background, and as you approach the Piazzetta it gets even worse.  A picture of the covered building, but with a huge advert for a luxury Italian fashion house.  I hope they are paying for the restoration behind it.

Perhaps I exaggerate.  Can you spot the fake?




One thought on “You’re not fooling anybody (Venezia 137)

  1. I suppose they’ve got to do something and I’d rather see a picture of the building on the scaffolding awning than an advert. When the Bridge of Sighs was last restored it was covered in advertising for months – it looked terrible even though it was paying the bill. Is this the future….??

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