Perhaps inspired by too much daytime television, Malta has hired Renzo Piano to plan a £60m makeover of its capital city, Valletta
Piano will reconstruct and redesign buildings destroyed in the Second World War in time for the celebrations of Malta’s 50th year of independence.
Not all Maltesers are overjoyed.
‘Jean de la Valette weeps at the Lego-like monstrosities being inflicted upon the city he built. As usual, the unaccountable authorities are spending European Community money like drunken sailors, to ravage and destroy the Maltese national patrimony! […] Centuries of artistes from Caravaggio to Cali weep at the bastardization of Valletta by Signor Piano and his sychophant Malta groupies,’ huffs one response to Piano’s plans on local website Maltainsideout.com.