Two officials have been fired after attempting to restore several Qing Dynasty frescos at a local temple, only to treat them like a paint-by-numbers exercise. The “Official in Charge of Temple Affairs,” as well as the “Head of the City’s Cultural Monitoring Team” were given the sack because, after all, it would have been hard to do their jobs much worse.
These before and after photos show the damage:
This is fine and all, but so Drab…
According to the Global Times:
The project was then carried out by a local company which was not qualified.
“The abbot found a company to start the restoration work,” Li said. “The work needed about 4 million yuan ($660,000), but the temple management office did not have that much money. So the abbot helped raise funds to restore the temple.”
Not a very wise investment, apparently. Perhaps the officials will take advantage of their new free time to visit that woman in Spain who comparably botched a painting restoration last year.