Restoring the Colosseum with whose money…

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/colosseum-rennovations-opening-to-the-public/?ref=design

In a move that mirrors some of the changes being made by Italian cultural sites to increase funding through advertisements, the Italian government is seeking corporate sponsors to donate $35 million towards a series of restoration projects.  In exchange for this ‘donation’ the winning bidder will receive rights to advertise within the site which draws 19,000 visitors a day.  This means another uproar like that in Venice over the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace as well as the Accademia which are all currently plastered with advertisements.  So which is more important, ensuring the sites long-term viability through restorations or it’s present cultural integrity by keeping it pure?  What would the Ancient Romans have said?

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About projectpatrimonio

Helena Boyden Lamb, born 1985 in New York, has studied and worked in Politics, Heritage Ethics and Politics, and Opera Singing. Most recently, she is working in Brussels where she started in a European Think Tank and is now the Executive Office of a NGO which facilitates Youth Politics across the EU. She has a Bachelor with Honors from Stanford University, California in Classics: Politics and Heritage and a Masters with Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK in European Identity. She has conducted academic or independent grant-funded research in the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Albania. She was, previously, an archaeologist and an opera singer. Cynthia Querio is a Museum Educator currently living and working in Los Angeles. She is interested in heritage and identity politics and the role of museum education departments in the trajectory of this debate. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a 9 month graduate internship at the Getty Villa's education department and has continued to work in many museums in Los Angeles including LACMA and the Autry National Center. Her academic background is in the Classics, which was her major at Stanford University and which she continued to pursue with a Masters in the History of Classical Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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