Culture officials in Rome are mulling a ban on “living statues,” arguing that dressing up in costume and standing on the street to solicit spare change has no artistic merit, media reported last Friday.
“Living statues demonstrate no artistic activity, to the extent that they can’t be compared to mimes, and they amount to a veritable racket,” said Federico Mollicone, deputy culture chief in Rome’s mayorship.
The proposed ban is part of a broader bill from Mollicone’s office, which aims to regulate activity on Rome’s streets, reports said.
Under the proposal, street musicians could have their instruments or speakers confiscated, and “deafening” music would be banned after 10pm, compared to the current curfew of 11pm.
The measure is to be debated by Rome’s municipal council within two weeks, and must pass a vote before coming into force.
1. mull v. 仔細考慮 (zi3 xi4 kao3 lu4)
例: Amy mulled over donating her kidney to her sister for a week before finally deciding to go through with it.
2. solicit v. 請求 (qing3 qiu2)
例: The organization will send volunteers door-to-door to solicit donations.
3. confiscate v. 沒收 (mo4 shou1)
例: The teacher confiscated the students’ cell phones after she saw them texting during class.