It’s “Ecce Homo” again.
The restored Palencia sculpture in Spain has attracted worldwide attention, and this is not the artist’s deep attention to detail.
According to the Associated Press, the sculpture is located on the outside of a gorgeous office building in the city and was once characterized by a female smiling face. However, the interesting “restored” statue has now been compared to a “potato” rather than a woman.
The repair also seems to have added a goat head beside the goat. The absence of it in the original photo indicates that it may have fallen off, and it was replaced when the building’s tenants worked on the statue’s face.
The disfigurement was bought by a local artist living near the office building, who was knocked down by a flower shop on his street. After Antonio Capel posted photos on his Facebook page, he triggered a series of social media reactions and journalists’ attention.
According to Capel, the botched update was completed at least 10 years ago, but it just didn’t attract people’s attention.
Now, people in Spain are visiting the site to photograph the bizarre restoration.
In 2012, similar suspicious repair work attracted international attention. A local amateur artist believed that it was necessary to reshape the Christ in the Temple of Mercy in about 1930, but the face she made in 2012 was immediately compared with the monkey.
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However, the poorly done “Ecce Homo” mural became so popular that it turned the Spanish town of Borja into a tourist attraction.
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With the current statue in Palencia receiving attention, it may also become a hot spot for tourists.
However, local authorities are investigating the reasons for the restoration, and who did it in the first place.
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An unnamed Palencia City Hall spokesperson did not want to be named, when or by whom, but he said that the restoration work is likely to be investigated by regional authorities in a statement to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.