You may remember back in 2012, an 80-year-old amateur Spanish painter took it upon herself to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco that had sat in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years. Needless to say, the painting was ruined and instead of a detailed recreation of the original image, the fresco ended up looking more like a disfigured alien made up of a few blotches of paint.
Well, it seems as if somebody may have picked up some tips from the well-intentioned but completely-out-of-her-depth fresco painter, as a Statue of Jesus in Sudbury, Canada looks to have received a similar makeover.
The statue’s head had been knocked off and stolen, and for several months, stood completely headless. The church’s priest had been desperately trying to raise the £6,000 needed to restore it, when artist Heather Wise, on a visit to the church, saw the headless baby Jesus and offered to carry out the job herself. The priest agreed, and Heather spent hours moulding the new head out of bright orange clay. Keep in mind that the rest of the statue was white. But let’s not judge too hard – the orange clay replacement is just a temporary one whilst she makes the real one out of matching stone. We really, really hope the permanent head will have the same face because, well, it really is amazing…
Yep. And as if that head didn’t look… ‘unique’ enough already, within a week, the rain had started to erode it. Poor baby Jesus. The church’s priest, Gérard Lajeunesse, was quick to defend the statue from critics, saying:
‘It’s a first try. It’s a first go. And hopefully what is done at the end will please everyone.’
We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty pleased with the results already.