Art and architecture experts from around the world are up in arms over the use of advertising on scaffolding on historic buildings in Venice reports the Guardian (UK).
Historic sites in Venice, such as the Bridge of Sighs, need to undergo renovation. Since 2008, these renovations have been paid for by advertisements placed on the scaffolding.
On Sunday, the Art Newspaper published a letter asking that such billboards be outlawed.
City officials say that the billboards are the only way to pay for the costly renovations, but the Guardian reports that Roberto Ciambetti, the regional authority's public spending assessor, put a new solution forward: sell off assets seized from mafia godfathers.