An arts and crafts teacher’s restoration of a 16th-Century wooden statue of St George in a Spanish church has been ridiculed by the town’s mayor as it has gone viral around the world.
The polychrome effigy of St. George, the patron saint of England and other nations, received a significant make-over at the Church of St. Michael in the town of Estella, but instead of praise has earned much ridicule, as The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
The church hired the teacher to freshen up the 500-year-old statue, but the result left the Roman soldier with a rosy pink face and a red-and-grey suit of armor, with observers around the world, including Estella’s own mayor, criticizing the new look.
“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,” mayor Koldo Leoz said.
Explaining his objections, Leoz continued:
“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.”
The mayor revealed that experts have been summoned to determine whether it is possible for the restoration work to be undone.
“This is an expert job it should have been done by experts,” he declared.
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Source: Christian Post