2009 Blacked out
We all know (or should know) that monuments are far from eternal. History (including in recent times) is full of monuments which are destroyed or removed, following a change of regime or sensitivity, when the perception of what is considered politically correct shifts, not necessarily always in the right direction.
However in the case of the equestrian monument dedicated to Garibaldi, nothing traumatic was being planned: just an overdue face-lift in preparation of the World Expo.
The monument being under wraps and surrounded by scaffolding, the usual option would have been a huge billboard, possibly to advertise the sponsors of the restoration.
Surprisingly, my proposal of a temporary “black out” the statue of Garibaldi was accepted.
As a result a newly uninterrupted perspective, from the Duomo towards the Sforzesco Castle, was emphasized.
From a greater distance the Filarete Tower is heightened, while approaching the castle the tower slowly acquires a different shape: a slim dark structure surrounded by a cerulean sky.