Outrage in French city as artist plasters ancient walls with circles; Debbie White; Daily Mail

France – Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Swiss artist Felice Varini has glued yellow bands across fortified Carcassonne
  • The brightly coloured artwork is billed as ‘Eccentric concentric circles’ 
  • However, critics have slammed it as  ‘ugly’ and ‘vandalism’ of a heritage site
  • The historic hilltop citadel is France’s second-most visited area, drawing millions

A Swiss artist has been ridiculed for ‘defacing’ a French medieval walled city by turning it into something resembling a target practice at a shooting range.

Felice Varini has controversially glued giant bright yellow circles, made from thin aluminium strips, across the historic stones of Carcassonne – a massive hilltop citadel in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, which is France’s second-most visited tourist site after the Eiffel Tower.

Dating back to Roman times, and drawing more than four million visitors annually, the fortress was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for being an ‘outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with massive defences encircling the castle, its associated houses, streets and the fine Gothic cathedral’.

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