Last week, when the story of the botched fresco restoration in Spain went viral, I couldn’t help but wonder if this were the worst… or best… thing that had ever happened to the little church. I imagine the humiliation that the well-intentioned elderly parishioner has been feeling for her actions, and the fear that she will be sued for defacing this work of art which used to depict Jesus. She is reportedly suffering from anxiety attacks ever since her work became known.
But the Internet has turned her into a celebrity. Instead of taking the terrible painting at face value, it is becoming known as “a masterpiece of contemporary surrealism” and “perhaps its own kind of metaphor for modern man.” The church has become a tourist attraction, and there’s even a petition to prevent the fresco from being altered from its current state.
Best of all, the image has become a sort of meme, parody-ing its way into every crevice of Twitter and Facebook. If I were ever in Spain, I definitely would have to visit this fresco now and would be sad if it were ever restored in the normal convention.
So when Jay Leno picks on a dentist for having bad hair, well, sometimes mainstream is the WORST thing you can be, and if there’s one thing Leno panders to, it’s the mainstream. What’s bad to the mainstream might be… postmodern!!! to those clients that you’re hoping to attract. Fellow dental blogger Mike Barr shares this video clip from The Tonight Show:
It’s not so bad. I mean, he’s an LVI-trained dentist, he’s a sculpted work of art himself – either you get him, or you don’t. Challenging? Yes. Dismissable? Let’s just say that I couldn’t leave this one alone:
Try as I might, I REALLY couldn’t leave it alone. Maybe the dentist would look better on the fresco itself????
On third thought, maybe it’s just best to preserve him in raw form and let the art speak for itself:
A big thanks goes out to Dr. G for being such a sport, knowing that it’s all in fun, and that anyone who picks on your hair is just jealous of your ripped body.