The infamous botched restoration of Ecce Homo — a 19th-century Spanish fresco of Jesus that went viral after a failed clean-up — might have some competition.
In the English market town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, a floral tribute to Princess Diana intended to memorialize the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death is making news for the wrong reason.
Made entirely from natural materials as part of an ancient English tradition known as “well dressing,” the tribute took 14 volunteers more than 120 hours to produce using carnations, chrysanthemums, camomile flowers, cow parsley, rowan berries and egg shell.
The portrait — which is on display in Chesterfield’s market square until Saturday — has some locals comparing it to Rod Stewart or a zombie apocalypse, and others simply calling it “hilarious.”
“That’s literally the funniest thing I’ve seen all year,” Chesterfield local Julie Renshaw wrote on the local council’s Facebook page. “Best laugh I’ve had in ages!”
Fellow local Mark Patrick added: “I don’t know about ‘forever in our hearts’ — it’s more like forever in our eternal nightmares after seeing this.”
A spokesperson for the local council told PEOPLE that the response to the artwork had “been overwhelming” since the images were first posted on …read more