Sept. 13 (UPI) — A borough in Wales was jeered online after unveiling what some called an “awful” floral portrait of Princess Diana.
Chesterfield Borough Council shared photos Tuesday of a floral likeness of the Princess of Wales that was meant to honor the 20th anniversary of her death, but quickly drew sneers from Internet commenters and other observers.
“This year’s Chesterfield well dressing marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales,” the council said. “The well dressing is on display at the Town Pump outside the Market Hall.”
Many observers ridiculed the image as some called it “an insult,” while others speculated whether the portrait was the work of children.
A spokesman for the council told the BBC the well dressing is “meant to be a talking point” and added the viral image achieved the goal.
“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,” he said. “The well dressing is designed to attract visitors to the area, and if the publicity encourages more people to come and experience our historic market town and local shops then that can only be good for Chesterfield.”
The dressings are set to remain on display until Sunday, despite the poor reception.