The 20th anniversary tribute that was made for Princess Diana was tagged as a disgrace, and strongly mocked by social media users, as well as locals
The tribute was created on a well in the Chesterfield Market place and it went viral on social media after official pictures were posted by the Chesterfield Borough Council.
Plenty of users teased the artwork, mocked it and made fun of it, while others felt it did not even capture the beauty of the princess.
“I saw it and thought what an insult to Dianna [sic] … luckily she had a sense of humor and would probably be laughing,” Facebook user Gayle Tuckley wrote.
“So my hometown just unveiled this Princess Diana memorial. I’m done,” a Twitter user wrote.
Another social media user tweeted, “I live here and, let me tell you, I can feel its eyes on me, even now in my house.”
“Horrendous Princess Diana tribute. Get a Rose Bowl float designer or take it down. Respect her don’t disgrace her,” a social media user tweeted.
Even more than that, some people compared her tribute to the bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo. Just as the floral tribute, the bust also received plenty of mockery online.
As a response, the Chesterfield Council responded and explained that the tribute was meant to attract people to the market, which, in the opinion of many, is even more disgraceful – using the popularity, and the love of the people for Princess Diana to attract them to the market.
“All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year’s design,” the council told the Derbyshire Times.
“The well dressing is designed to attract visitors to the area and if the publicity encourages more people to come and visit the market and local shops then that can only be good for Chesterfield.
“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.”