April 27, 2009
Ball protest bounces wrong way for Italian
A man received an eight-month suspended jail sentence Monday for rolling a half million or so colored balls down Rome's famed Spanish Steps.
Graziano Cecchini, 54, was convicted of disrupting bus services with his January 2008 stunt, which he described as a protest against dishonest politicians of all parties, ANSA reported Monday.
What sort of interruption of service could there possibly have been? The Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) is a pedestrian area. There wasn't any crime, only a pop-art event, he said.
Vittorio Sgarbi, a prominent Italian art critic and former culture chief of Milan, praised Cecchini's effort, saying
anarchy is a typical feature of contemporary art.