Oscar Wilde’s Tomb To Be Protected After Kisses Damage
Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland has decided to put an end to a tradition that is ruining his grandfather’s tomb.
While no one knows who nor why it started but since the 1990s it has become customary for female fans of the philosopher to pucker up and leave the trace of their lipstick or lip-gloss along with a written message on his tomb which is located at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France.
Holland told the Guardian that he understands that the fans are simply showing their appreciation for the famous Irish playwright but the lipstick and graffiti are causing serious damage to the tomb.
He went on to reveal that it is the reason why the office of public works in Dublin and Paris authorities have decided to finance a huge glass barrier that will protect the author of “The Importance of Being Earnest,”‘s burial place.
The poor writer who passed away in 1900 in Paris at the age of 46, was buried in the stone work designed by Jacob Epstein in 1914.
Père Lachaise which holds the burial places of famous figures such as Molière, Yves Montand and Frédéric Chopin has a habit of fining visitors $12,000 for vandalizing monuments.