|Something important is missing from this photo taken this morning: at least, from Richard Wagner's point of view|
|Wagner, left, attempts to brazen it out without a nose; Rioba, right, long ago succumbed to a brass one|
Sandro, whose regular observation of the insane way underage Venetians tear around the lagoon in their boats--as well as the way they break playground equipment meant for young kids--has led him to a general disapproval of their age group, immediately attributed the act to "teenagers" (scornful emphasis his). Perhaps he's right.
In any case, given the budget shortages the city already faces--there are public schools here in which parents are responsible for supplying the school's toilet paper--who knows how long the statues will be noseless? Though their visible location in a park, near a major tourist draw (The Biennale), will likely speed up their repair.