‘What the hell have they done?’ summed up the reaction to the restoration of this treasured Spanish castle - but now the architects behind the project are set to pick an award for their work.
Castillo de Matrera
The fusing of old and new for the renovation of Castillo de Matrera in southern Spain was met with both ridicule and anger when unveiled, fast forward a few months and the work has just won a prestigious international architecture prize.
It was shortlisted in the global Architizer A+ Awards and triumphed in the architecture and preservation category.
“We are very happy,” Carlos Quevedo, the lead architect on the project, told the Guardian.
“I am proud of the work we’ve done and we want to celebrate. It is very important for us because it [is] a recognition for all the work we have done over five years.”
5 shockingly bad restoration attempts
The Ecce Homo
A well-meaning pensioner made headlines around the world following her shockingly bad attempt to restore a 200-year-old precious Ecce Homo painting by Elias Garcia Martine.
The rogue restorer’s attempt was met with international ridicule however, with one observer describing the portrait of Jesus being transformed into ‘a hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic’.
Last year, it emerged the beard on the priceless burial mask of Tutankhamen was damaged at Cairo museum and hastily glued back on with epoxy glue.
“Unfortunately he used a very irreversible material,” one curator told AP. “Epoxy has a very high property for attaching, and is used on metal or stone – but I think it wasn’t suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamen’s golden mask.”
The ‘SpongeBob’ castle
When architects unveiled their grand vision for the historic Ocakli Ada castle, in the Turkish Black Sea town of Sile, they failed to spot its resemblance to a well-known cartoon character.
Social media users were quick to mock the restoration, comparing the castle to none other than the square yellow sponge who lives in a fictitious pineapple, SpongeBob SquarePants.
In China, a restoration project that turned a Qing dynasty fresco into a series of "sloppily drawn" modern paintings was widely criticised in 2011.
The temple’s abbot hired an unqualified company to do the work in an attempt to save money on the restoration project.
Tree of Fertility, Rome
In 2011, art experts were accused of censoring a 700 year old phallic fresco by scrubbing out some of the testicles hanging from the Tree of Fertility.
Italian art experts who restored the fresco were criticised for allegedly painting over the numerous phalluses which dangle from the tree, however the restores denied it was intentional.
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