Defiant artist Felice Varini defended his work following backlash, claiming the circles matched the ancient city walls ‘perfectly’
AN artist sparked outrage after he “desecrated” the ramparts of a French castle by covering its medieval walls and turrets with giant bright yellow circles.
Felice Varini glued dizzying rings made of thin aluminium strips across the historic stones of Carcassonne Castle – France’s second-most visited tourist site after the Eiffel Tower.
The massive hilltop citadel in the Languedoc-Roussillon region now resembles a giant target at a shooting range – and not everyone is pleased.
Drawing more than four million visitors every year, the medieval fortified town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Tourism Carcassonne, who have been promoting the site’s new look, said the stripes are “eccentric concentric circles”, part of an event showcasing heritage and contemporary art in the area.
The organisation said Varini’s spiralling artwork “spread like a wave, fragmenting and recomposing the geometry of the circles on the towers and curtain walls of the fortifications”.
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