In what is undoubtedly the worst “restoration” job we’ve read about since last year’s Beast Jesus, a local company in the Chinese city of Chaoyang has destroyed a series of Qing Dynasty frescoes by painting an entirely new scene over them in garish colors.
Located in a hall at the Yunjie Temple, the original frescoes were crumbling and in need of repair. But, according to the Global Times, the state-owned Chinese tabloid, the local office that initiated the restoration failed to get provincial government approval and then enlisted a completely unqualified company to do the job. Which landed them with this:
Apparently a “Net user” named Wujiaofeng — the BBC clarifies that he or she is a blogger — first discovered the mishap and posted photos online. Punishments were “immediately” dispensed, says the Global Times, and the article ends with an assurance of more to come: ”the local government will hand out further punishments.” Unfortunately, all the punishments in the world won’t restore these frescoes to their original state.
By the way, for those who need a Beast Jesus refresher, here’s our composite image:
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