Thursday 19 October 2017

Giant Red Square suitcase must go

Tourists and visitors pass a two-storey Louis Vuitton suitcase erected in Red Square, Moscow (AP)
Tourists and visitors pass a two-storey Louis Vuitton suitcase erected in Red Square, Moscow (AP)

Politicians didn't like it, the public didn't like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.

The GUM department store on Red Square, which is responsible for the 30ft (nine metres) high and 100ft (30 metres) long construction, promised in a statement that it would be dismantled.

Politicians and the public alike condemned the exhibit, a stone's throw from the tomb of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. State news agencies reported that the Kremlin had demanded the removal of the display.

The construction is part of an exhibition called The Soul of Travel, marking Vuitton's 150th anniversary, and was to open on December 2. Louis Vuitton said the construction was a copy of a model owned by a Russian noble, Prince Vladimir Orlov.

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