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Church Restoration Unintentionally Defaces

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Reclaiming the past sometimes involves altering it.

In the case of a church in the Spanish town of Estrella, efforts to restore a piece of artwork have produced an unintended result -- one that has frustrated the town's mayor.

The Guardian newspaper of London recently reported that a painted wooden effigy of St. George received a facelift that had people drawing comparisons to the Ecce Homo Monkey Christ, another unfortunate restoration that wound up portraying the visage of Christ as the disparaging nickname suggests. The reference stems from an event that happened six years ago at a different Spanish church in Borja, characterized as "the worst restoration in history."

The latest restoration was apparently requested by authorities of the Church of St. Michael -- without consulting local government officials. As a result, the mayor of Estrella has demanded an explanation as to why he and members of the town council were kept in the dark about the project.

Mayor Koldo Leoz was quoted by the Guardian as saying, “The parish decided on its own to take action to restore the statue and gave the job to a local handicrafts teacher. The council wasn’t told and neither was the regional government of Navarre.”

The mayor continued his critique of the restored statue by adding, “It’s not been the kind of restoration that it should have been for this 16th-century statue. They’ve used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it’s possible that the original layers of paint have been lost.”

Loez noted that experts had been requested to pay the statue a visit to see if the statue could be restored to what it looked like before the most recent work began.


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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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