Landmark’s dizzying paint job: Is this for real?; Susan Steade; Mercury News

France – Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

The medieval citadel of Carcassonne has been given a vertiginous new look to mark its 20 years as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Swiss artist Félice Varini, known for his trippy perspective-altering designs on buildings and other urban spaces, oversaw the installation at the French walled city. The concentric circles are on lightweight aluminum attached to the walls of Cité de Carcassonne. They will be removed in September and are intended not to cause any damage to the ancient stones.

The creation has not won universal acclaim. The newspaper Le Parisien said an appalled pair of Pennsylvania tourists, believing the paint job to be permanent, were reduced to repeating “Oh my God. Oh my God.”

A shopkeeper was more eloquent: “It’s ignoble. And it’s expensive. Already we do not have the budgets to maintain or repair the citadel.”

Varini did not reveal the cost of the work, which took a month to install, but said most is being covered by France’s national fund for monuments.

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