Remember the botched restoration of the 19th century “Ecco Homo” a year ago in the Borja church? The one that inspired numerous art memes, a “Restoration Society,” references to monkeys and caused considerable anguish among conservationists? In case you don’t remember, you can revisit our blog entry on the episode here. Well, it appears all is forgiven. Cecilia Gimenez’s restoration, aka “Beast Jesus,” has also been attracting numerous visitors and is now inspiring the production of Borja approved “Beast Jesus” merchandise.
All profits from the merchandise are split between the Borja city council and the artist (49% for Gimenez and 51% for Borja). The city has begun charging an entrance fee of $1.30 to see the “restoration” with proceeds going to the Sancti Spiritus charitable foundation which helps care for the elderly in Borja.
All of this comes as a relief to Gimenez who has just opened her own art exhibition. “Now it seems like everyone’s happy.”
Watch an interview with Gimenez at her exhibition opening here.