The management of the Louvre – the world's most visited museum – is watching with increasing wariness the burgeoning use of the rods being waved around within centimetres of invaluable paintings.
There's no ban there yet, but "their use must respect the rules," which include not pointing objects at the paintings or sculptures, a spokeswoman said.Nor is it just the French;
Already several other big museums in the world have this year started banning the extending rods, including the Smithsonian national museums in Washington, the MOMA in New York, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
The measures were taken as use of the cheap, telescoping rods, some of which can extend to 1.5 metres in length, becomes a ubiquitous and worldwide trend. It is not unusual to see tour groups waving a forest of the aluminium poles holding smartphones aloft in some high-density tourist sites.It used to be that cameras weren't allowed into the galleries at all. Now they're so numerous that it is impossible to keep them out, but maybe an arms-length transaction is possible.