vandalAn angry bald man was captured on tape hopping into the Moro Fountain in Rome and defacing an old marble statue by maniacally bashing it with a big rock (0:15). He was apprehended trying to bludgeon the Trevi Fountain too.

Now, the Italian government is planning to introduce harsher penalties for all varieties of vandalism, if historical art is involved. As a warning to serial nose-chippers and conceptual pranksters alike, the Mayor issued this statement:

I hope that this criminal is given an exemplary punishment, including jailtime, because it’s necessary to make clear the gravity of the crime to defend our artistic patrimony.

A British tourist chimes in:

It is a crime. I don’t know how important it is, but it is a crime against the values of civilization.

Even though the sculpture was 19th-century copy of a 16th-century original (most “big deal” works in Rome are, while originals are hoarded safely off the street), beware: Anyone caught targeting anything fancy, symbolic and official will face harsher punishment.

The pieces of the Moro Fountain were recovered and are being prepared for re-attachment.

Related, more conceptual antics: Bulgarian Monument to the Red Army “Vandalized” and Vandalized Soviet Tank Sailed Down a Prague River in Triumph