On one the most beautiful bridges in the world, the "Angel Bridge" which crosses the Tiber in front of Castel Sant’Angelo, there are stunning statues from the studio of Bernini. Angels display to the passersby the instruments of the Passion of the Lord.
Within the last few months one of them sadly, was damaged in a very bad way. There had been some problems with dopes spray painting graffiti on the bases where the Latin inscriptions spoke of the mystery the angel was coveying. Cleaning resulted in the erosion of those inscriptions.
This problem is worse. I don’t know if it comes from vandalism or something else.
This is one of my favorite statues, too. The angel holding the nails which fixed the Lord to the Cross.
Here is a shot of the statue, still intact, which I took a while back.
Here it is now:
I am pretty sad about this, frankly.