Rome in shock as an­other his­toric land­mark van­dalised

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Po­lice in Rome are ex­am­in­ing CCTV footage in a bid to iden­tify van­dals who dam­aged one of the city’s most fa­mous pieces of pub­lic sculp­ture, Bernini’s Ele­phant and Obelisk. The land­mark work, tucked away in a lit­tle square near the Pan­theon, fea­tures an ele­phant car­ry­ing the obelisk on its back and was first placed in the Pi­azza della Min­erva in the 17th cen­tury. Gian Lorenzo Bernini over­saw the sculp­ture of the ele­phant, which had the tip of its left trunk bro­ken off in the overnight in­ci­dent. The dam­age to the Bernini ele­phant comes af­ter fans of Dutch foot­ball club Feyeno­ord caused out­rage in Fe­bru­ary 2015 by dam­ag­ing a foun­tain cre­ated by the sculp­tor that stands at the bot­tom of Rome’s fa­bled Span­ish Steps.

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