Remember the botched “restoration” of Spanish fresco Ecce Homo back in 2012? Well, this might surface it. Having stood for more than 1,000 years, Matrera Castle in Cadiz was searching a little bit worse for wear when officials decided to restore the National Monument three years ago.
Now, people in the world are wishing they’d left the deteriorating structure alone. The answer is a brand new arrangement with the walls of the 9th-century castle emerging almost as ivy clambering its walls.
“They’ve got builders in rather than restorers and, like we say round here, they’ve cocked it up, ” a neighbourhood humanity tells Spain’s La Sexta, per the Guardian.
“What the hell have they done to Matrera Castle in Cadiz? ” a woman adds on Twitter. “And we anticipated Ecce Homo was bad! ” A Spanish cultural heritage group speaks the restoration is “absolutely terrible” and a “heritage massacre, ” per the Independent.
But the inventor behind the restoration remarks it’s actually not that bad. The purpose was “to structurally consolidate those elements that were at risk; to distinguish new additions from the original formation, thus avoiding the imitative reconstructions that are prohibited by principle; and to recuperate the capacity, quality and tonality that the tower would initially have had, ” he says.
As for those working less-than-flattering statements, “opinions are always welcome and constructive analysi and conversation are always ameliorating, ” he enunciates. “But I do think that certain basic, accurate information can help avoid some of the racisms that spring from a simple image.”( This Scottish castle could be washed away .)
This article initially appeared on Newser: Castle Restoration Called a ‘Heritage Massacre’
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