- 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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