Graziano Cecchini repeats same 'vandalism-art' stunt as ten years ago.
The waters of Rome's Trevi Fountain were turned red during the afternoon of 26 October by Graziano Cecchini, an anarchic activist-artist, who dumped red dye into the 18th-century fountain.
Cecchini was apprehended immediately by police and is reportedly awaiting charges while the Baroque monument is assessed for possible damage.
The incident took place exactly ten years after Cecchini pulled the same stunt, making headlines around the world.
The 64-year-old calls his latest so-called futuristic performance Pacta Servanda Sunt, translated from Latin as 'deals must be kept'. In a rambling Facebook post Cecchini defended the act of vandalism as a cry for Rome to "wake up" from a torpor of "dirt and corruption."
Rome's deputy mayor Luca Bergamo described Cecchini's actions as denoting "ignorance and a total lack of civic sense."
In addition to dyeing the Trevi fountain red - twice - Cecchini was responsible for dumping half a million coloured balls down the Spanish Steps in 2008, an act which also garnered him a lot of attention.
The Trevi fountain recently underwent a €2 million restoration, sponsored by fashion house Fendi. During the summer this year the city introduced protective measures to manage the flow of crowds following a series of anti-social incidents at the fountain.