Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

By Jonathan Timar
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I am starting to think that it’s impossible for North Americans who have never travelled to Europe or Asia to to understand how bland everything is here.

Modern architecture and modern art have a lot in common: they are mostly crap that is more concerned with the “artist” making a “statement” than actually being good, interesting, or aesthetically pleasing.

Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

Certainly the earliest structures built by European settlers paid homage to the classic styles. But that period was all too brief and was rapidly replaced by the utilitarian, modern rectangles we’re all familiar with and that are the same the world over.

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And don’t expect anything beautiful to be built just for the sake of being beautiful, if for no other reason than that the protester generation would never allow it. Can you imagine the outrage if a politician decided to carve faces into a mountain in this day and age?

Sorry, but you’ll just have to learn to appreciate that giant abstract blight in front of the subway entrance that your city councillors paid some talent-less hack tens of thousands of dollars of your money for.

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