Residents have called a collage tribute to Princess Diana “unfortunate.” Made by a group of volunteers, the memorial stands at the center of Chesterfield marketplace in England.
A group of 14 volunteers spent 120 hours making the work of art, using nothing but natural materials. Designed with carnations, chrysanthemums, chamomile flowers, cow parsley, leaves, grass seeds, rowan berries and eggshell, its lack of resemblance to the beloved princess has, sadly, made it a laughingstock.
“This year’s well dressing is a little different than usual. It did make us laugh,” said local student, Emma Norton. “But we do look forward to checking out the well dressing. It’s a lovely tradition we have.”
“I live here, and let me tell you, I can feel its eyes on me,” one person remarked on Twitter, “even now, in my house.”
“This is incredible. It’s exactly what art should be,” said Anthony Vickers. “It’s interesting; it’s being talked about, and it’s making people laugh.”
However, the spokesperson for Chesterfield Borough Council asserts that the work is meant to be a talking point.
“The well dressing is designed to attract visitors to the area, and if the publicity encourages more people to come and experience our historic market town and local shops, then that can only be good for Chesterfield,” he said.
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