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Romy needs a makeover

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ART – Installed on the forecourt of Lille Flandres station, the Romy statue, by artist Xavier Veilhan, will undergo a makeover in the heart of summer

An early facelift. From Thursday, the orange Romy of the Place de la Gare will hide from the eyes of his admirers. The city of Lille has decided to give it a little facelift to restore it to its former glory. Finally of yesteryear …

Xavier Veilhan’s Romy was installed only two years ago on the freshly renovated forecourt of Lille-Flandres, on September 14, 2019. The imposing orange bust could not leave indifferent, for good or for bad, a matter of taste.

“Alterations linked to malicious acts and use”

It has been photographed a thousand times and tagged a hundred times. She was martyred to the point of losing pieces, carried away like relics. She cooed at the compliments as much as received the mocking looks. She suffered from the elements and bears the scars. In short, she lived the Romy.

Suddenly, “in order to avoid […] any accentuation of the alterations linked to acts of malicious intent and use, ”the city entrusts the beautiful shabby to the hands of experts. Between July 22 and August 3, a company “specializing in contemporary resin creation” will take care of its wounds. Throughout the operation, Romy will remain invisible. To better unveil oneself again (…) Read more on 20minutes

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