A floral tribute to Princess Diana in the UK town of Chesterfield has been widely ridiculed as “dreadful” and “a heinous monstrosity”.
Created as part of a traditional festival for dressing wells in the Derbyshire town, the flower arrangement commemorates the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, The Telegraph reports.
Chesterfield Borough Council posted photos of the tribute on Facebook, and was quickly inundated with negative comments.
Post by Chesterfield Borough Council.
“What an atrocity. Poor Diana. But hope she is looking down and having a giggle about it bless her,” wrote Jan McCulloch.
“There must have been some local opposition to this heinous monstrosity,” commented Michael Field.
Welbeck Kane wrote: “I live here [Chesterfield] and, let me tell you, I can feel its eyes on me, even now in my house.”
Others suggested the face looked more like British comedy character Father Ted, singers Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Bob Geldof and children’s character Worzel Gummidge.
The council have defended the memorial, which will be displayed in Chesterfield Market Place until the weekend.
“The well dressing is produced by 14 volunteers using the ancient Derbyshire art of well dressing, which involves creating designs from flower petals and other natural materials,” a council spokesman said.
“All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year’s design.
“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.”
I think Cecilia Gimenez has been at it again. #PrincessDi #BeholdtheMonkey pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/N5KnWjc7p2
— Natalie Mitchell (@Mitchell_Nat) September 12, 2017Chesterfield’s Princess Diana floral tribute is drunk and wants to fight you长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/mcPuhEd3Pf
— Emma Richards (@EmmaRichards85) September 12, 2017#Chesterfield you are lucky no one can be sent to the tower for your dreadful memorial#KensingtonPalace no one had the guts to say NO
— Amber Zoe (@AmberZoe12) September 12, 2017I don’t know what the fuss is all about, this new memorial looks just like @rodstewart. #Dianapic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/fp42M4Yck5
— Anthony Minto (@anthonymminto) September 12, 2017
But others defended the tribute.
Its a tribute. I loved Di. I think its lovely! 💜💜BBC News – Chesterfield’s ‘awful’ Princess Diana tribute mocked 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/dEYIg6B8LS
— The Feed Bags (@TheFeedBags) September 13, 2017Absolute masterpiece from my hometown, #Chesterfield, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/fTXMHnwfqf
— Tom J Newell (@tomjnewell) September 12, 2017Love that Diana memorial and glad the council didn’t buckle and apologise, or even worse remove it. It was made by volunteers!
— John Baker (@jpbaker) September 12, 2017
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