Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hide and Don't Seek for awhile

In this country, they keep up us on our toes due to periodic restoration. This example of scaffolding went up over the astrological tower in Piazza dei Signori recently.

There is never any warning and these coverings just appear. Plus we citizens and tourists never know how long they are going to stay up. Sometimes monuments maintain their hidden status for upwards of a decade, especially on complicated projects such as Venice's Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco.

Here in Padua, we hope to see the calendar again soon, but in the meantime, we have this sweet kid smiling in an ad for the scientific village that is being developed in the city's industrial area, which is in a major transformation stage.

I'll take bets for how long you think this scaffolding will shroud its restoration patient. Let me know your estimates in month, year or decade increments. Thanks!

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