IS IT VANDALISM …
One has to innocently ask—and here now is someone else’s problem:
where will glorious Dr Zahi Hawass have his plaque inserted?
(With of course, a requisite throwaway brieffie footnote mention, perhaps, of his long suffering sidekick.)
We all know the above beast.
‘Nuff sed, and the Sphinx too … let’s get closer:
—and ponder: are we looking at ‘restoration’ here, or is it actually original (think “new, modern, contemporary” …) artwork passing under that rubric?
so long as the spirit of the brute is (somehow) retained the actual actualities don’t really matter—perhaps those ‘ribs’ will in the long run be fleshed out to look more like the uneroded beast of yore?
If it had been moi in charge I’d have looked long and hard at the possibilities presented by modern spray-on plastics/lacquers and stuff. (Maybe he did …)
If short of the requisite funds I’d have offered a limited high-charge tour through the tunnelly bits within and beneath and so let ol’ Leo fund his own repairs.
There’s another possibility (but here we go crank) (nobody wants that, do we?) and that is the possibility that ol’ Zahi is—in plain sight—simply reburying evidences of some kind. Good on him—I cannot stand the guy (does it show?) but he has to be admired, sometimes … hell, even Hitler made the trains run on time.
“Love me, love my hat (thanks, Mr Jones; much obliged).”
Oh … WOW~!