20.12.11

Glass Wall erected around Oscar Wilde's Tomb

New attempts to protect Wilde's burial place from lipstick marks and written inscriptions
Photograph: Tomas van Houtryve for The New York Times
From The New York Times website: 'Recently, descendants of Wilde, the Irish dramatist and wit who died here in 1900, decided to have his immense gravestone cleansed of a vast accumulation of lipstick markings from kisses left by admirers, who for years have been defacing, and some say eroding, the memorial in hilly Père Lachaise Cemetery here. But the decision meant not only cleaning the stone, a flying nude angel by the sculptor Jacob Epstein, who was inspired by the British Museum’s Assyrian figures, but also erecting a seven-foot plate glass wall to keep ardent admirers at a distance.' [Read More]