A floral tribute to Diana has been described as “horrific” by residents of Chesterfield, one commenting, “I live here and, let me tell you, I can feel its eyes on me, even now in my house.” Chesterfield Council have defended the memorial, which marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the princess, saying it hoped the design would bring more people to the town.
Initially suspected as vandalism in a church in Spain this art restoration project turned out to be one unholy mistake. An elderly parishioner stepped forward to claim responsibility for disfiguring the century-old “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus. Cecilia Giménez claims she had only begun a part of the restoration before leaving on a vacation and intended to finish it upon her return. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a monkey in a tunic and tourists can’t get enough of it.
It was supposed to be a joyous occasion. Portugal’s president and the prime minister flew to Ronaldo’s homeland for the renaming of the Portuguese airport to Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport. The ceremony was all going well until they unveiled the bronze bust of the local hero. Many wonder how the sculptor managed to take the beautiful game’s most handsomest player and turn him into former Irish footballer Niall Quinn.
A statue of Lucille Ball in Western New York may not have been very flattering, but it sure was funny. The statue of the I Love Lucy star was unveiled in 2009 and went on to horrify the entire population of Ball’s hometown – terrorising the children of Celoron. One local commented, “It looks like a monster. When you see it at night, it is frightening.” After becoming a viral sensation and leading to a Facebook group, “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue,” the monstrosity was replaced.
Crowds gathered at Harvey’s Quay on the banks of the River Shannon in Limerick city centre for the unveiling of the sculpture to commemorate the late Terry Wogan. However, while people were full of praise for the gesture some people questioned the statue of the famous broadcaster and thought it resembled singer Nick Cave more than Wogan himself.
In 2011, the Fulham Football Club in England unveiled a statue of the King of Pop, who had absolutely nothing to do with soccer. Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed installed the statue as a tribute to the star saying, “I hope that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world in and among them.” Fulham fans were not impressed about the controversial star’s statue who had no connection to Fulham whatsoever. In 2014, Fayed’s successor removed the statue from the stadium and relocated it to the National Football Museum in Manchester.
And then there’s this WT-absolute-F sculpture of Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest Irish poets and authors of the 19th century. Far less superior to it’s colourful counterpart in Merrion Square, Maggi Hambling’s A Conversation with Oscar Wilde in London’s Trafalgar Square has been the cause of much contempt. Wilde’s head appears to be melting maggots as it rises out of the bench like you are sitting on his coffin for a chat. As if anyone would want to have a yak with this yoke.
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