Friday, 28 March 2014

Restoration at the Ramasseum good or bad?

These two photos were taken 3 years apart, as you can see the feet of the statue have been moved from the ground to the pedestal and the area generally tidied up. I am really not sure what I feel about this, it seems to be changing the look of the place and making it new and fresh, a restoration too far?

This was taken 2011, you can just see me at the top of the ramp which gives you an idea of scale. The photo is taken from the top of the first pylon by Colette Mason.


This photo was taken this week by Linda Verhulst same location.

After asking the question on Facebook I was reassured by Francoise Tonic that Christian le Blanc has no plans to restore the colossus itself, I hope that is true, that would be a step too far for me.

4 comments:

Redondodiver said...

Many other monuments in Luxor have been reconstructed; why not the Rassuseum?
Where is this romanticism related to Karnak or Luxor Temple? Just a thought.

Redondodiver said...

Many other monuments in Luxor have been reconstructed; why not the Rassuseum?
Where is this romanticism related to Karnak or Luxor Temple? Just a thought.

Barry Fohrman said...

Why not put it back together? isn't that restoration? Restor-ation ! What ambiance is there in a pile of related but scattered stone? Let the world see what was. Isn't that the idea of archeology? If you want to keep ambiance of the ruin why bother with the site at all? Leave the sand where it was !

The missing pieces could be reproduced but perhaps a different color for identification.

Barry Fohrman said...

Why not put it back together? isn't that restoration? Restor-ation ! What ambiance is there in a pile of related but scattered stone? Let the world see what was. Isn't that the idea of archeology? If you want to keep ambiance of the ruin why bother with the site at all? Leave the sand where it was !

The missing pieces could be reproduced but perhaps a different color for identification.