Paris axes its Morris columns in bid to clear city of clutter (Independent)

A cultural civil war has broken out in Paris over the future of Morris columns, the cylindrical advertising billboards which have been part of the city’s street furniture for 150 years.

In an attempt to “declutter” the streets, the town hall plans to uproot almost a third of the illuminated columns which provide cheap advertising for plays, concerts and films.

Fury has swept Parisian theatre and music venues. They say the loss of 223 columns, out of 773, “can only have dire consequences for the live arts” in the city. They accuse the Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, of putting money before the arts and betraying his pledge to revive Paris as a cultural capital.