The Potato Head of Palencia

November 13 2020

Image of The Potato Head of Palencia


Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The 'Potato Head of Palencia' in Spain is the most recent bodged conservation job that is spreading through the news. Dating to the twentieth century, the recent 'restoration' of a plaster figure on a building facade has been ridiculed by the public and professionals alike. Conservation bodies in Spain have highlighted this as a good reason why licenses should be introduced for companies involved in such work.

As a side-note, hand moulded decorative plasterwork is understandably one of the most complex mediums. Despite this fact, there are a few impressive craftsmen and artists working in this medium today. This includes Geoffrey Preston who created this outstanding brand new ceiling for a private house in Devon a few years ago.

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