Someone in Turkey is in very, very big trouble.
An unknown “artist” is responsible for ruining at least 10 valuable Roman mosaics that were being housed in the world’s second largest mosaic museum in Hatay, Turkey.
Hatay Müzesinde 2 bin yıllık mozaiklerin restorasyonuna bilimsel olarak “bokum gibi olmuş” denir! pic.twitter.com/Dy4sLd2QgJ
— Onder Alg (@onderalg) May 4, 2015
The pieces, which date back to the 2nd and 6th century A.D., were intended to be restored and put out on display. Apparently no one took notice of the overzealous repairs until it was too late. A local craftsman, Mehmet Daskapan, declared them an abomination.
“Valuable pieces from the Roman period have been ruined. They have become caricatures of their former selves,” Daşkapan said to a local newspaper. “Some are in an especially poor condition and have lost their originality and value.” Oy.
— Dermot Moriarty (@dermotmoriarty) May 5, 2015
As you can see, many tiles are missing and the spacing in between the ones that remain are all wrong. The final restoration work looks like a Grade 2 art project. But luckily there’s some good news.
After Daşkapan spoke out about the botched work, Turkey’s Culture Ministry’s Heritage and Museums department launched an investigation, and all work is now suspended at the museum. Phew.