Online, some are pointing out the irony of raising funds to rebuild Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Venus of the Rags” while the homelessness crisis continues.
Firefighters were delayed from doing more than monitoring the blaze at the Heidelberg Project site due to a succession of five non-working fire hydrants — possibly the result of ongoing water main repairs.
The crowdfunding campaign skyrocketed after the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral received $1 billion in public donations.
On April 19, Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia Basilica, designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi, caught fire. A fire burned inside the structure for over 45 minutes before firefighters could put it out, destroying the church’s sacristy and badly damaging the crypt.