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An "Absolutely Horrendous" Tribute to Princess Diana Is Criticized Online

The memorial was made out of eggshells, flowers, and seeds-and people did not like it.
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A tribute to the late Princess Diana has been mercilessly mocked online, with some describing it as "absolutely horrendous" and "a disgrace."

The memorial was unveiled in the town center of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Diana's death.

But before long, the artwork painstakingly handmade by volunteers using eggshells, flowers and grass seeds over 120 hours – was soon being ridiculed online for looking more like Wurzel Gummidge than the elegant late royal.

One local named Gayla Tuckley said: "I saw it and thought, what an insult to Diana. Luckily she had a sense of humor and would probably be laughing if she could see it."

This year's #Chesterfield well dressing marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The well dressing is on display at the Town Pump outside the Market Hall.

Posted by Chesterfield Borough Council on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Social media user Karen Byfleet added: "Absolutely horrendous, makes me ashamed to say I come from Chesterfield. How much of our money has gone into this? Chesterfield borough council you should be ashamed of yourselves. I doubt it was meant to cause offence, probably meant as a respectful gesture...Sorry but it is a disgrace...It should be taken down immediately."

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A Chesterfield Council spokesperson defended the design, telling the Derbyshire Times that it was "produced by 14 volunteers using the ancient Derbyshire art of well dressing, which involves creating designs from flower petals and other natural materials."

"All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year's design," they added. "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."

From: Harper's BAZAAR UK

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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