Quality Time with
Bartolomeo Ammannati's Neptune
And this one is made of marble. So it freezes and thaws. And it sucks up automobile exhaust and acid rain.
This one is also a civic icon (called Il Biancone = The Big White One, by the Florentines). So people climb up on it and do stupid things - like break off pieces.
So maintenance is sometimes necessary.
End of story.
UPDATE (so not quite "end of story"!)
Two photos of August 2005 damage:
More Mysteries of
PHOTOGRAPHS: Florence, Piazza della Signoria
© Lyle Goldberg