Exquisite Four Hundred Year Old Murals Rescued From Graffiti In Indian Palace Restoration | Alternative Fruit
Situated in the picturesque mountains of India's Ladakh region is the beautiful Leh Palace. Built in the seventeenth century, this building made for the Ladakh second dynasty family has multiple floors and construction materials. With local trees such as poplar, willow, and juniper lining sun baked mud bricks the design was made to resemble Buddhist architecture. Completed during the reign of Senge Namgyal (c. 1590 – 1635), this magnificent building is painstakingly being restored by local labourers as well as expert technicians drafted in from around the country.
It seems that during the 1960s, something happened in Indian culture that allowed these remarkable structures to become objects of vandalism. Graffiti artists started appearing and scribing their personal messages on the walls of this historical and culturally relevant treasure. Part of the restoration work includes using strong chemicals to remove the modern chemical inks. Luckily for the original artists, their work was made using natural ingredients and are mostly protected from the ravages of the cleaning process.
Beginning in August, the careful work of the first phase of restoration is expected to be complete mid-September. Working around the clock, this team of regenerators have only one goal. Make this building beautiful, again. Perhaps once the murals are unveiled in their total glory, visitors of Modern India will be less inclined to deface them. Or maybe in this modern era, there will always be one idiot in the people box.
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Via Hindustan Times