Restoring Jesus

Inspired by the recent news story of amateur art restorer Cecilia Giminez’ botched “restoration” of Spanish church mural Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez, a creative team at BBH has created the The Cecilia Prize website…

Inspired by the recent news story of amateur art restorer Cecilia Giminez’ botched restoration of Spanish church mural Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez, a creative team at BBH has created the The Cecilia Prize website which allows all and sundry to have a go at “restoring” the destroyed painting…

Created by Viv Yapp and Ak Parker, the site (screengrab above) shows Giminez’ “restored” version of the work (which, despite my horror at the work’s destruction still makes me bust out laughing every time I see it) on the left while in the centre the mural appears as it did before Giminez took it upon herself to “restore” it. Choose your colour, brush size and paint over the masterpiece…

Of course, it’s entirely up to you as to how you proceed. I’ve tried a few times to be irreverent in my approach, but try as I might I can’t produce an image as side splittingly ridiculous looking as Giminez’ image.

Get involved at ceciliaprize.com. Or look up the #ceciliaprize on Twitter. View the gallery of works created using the site at pinterest.com/ceciliagimenez0/www-ceciliaprize-com.

If you missed the story in the news, read the Guardian’s coverage here.

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