Social media sites have been going crazy overnight with people trying to discover if acclaimed street artist Banksy did indeed himself pay homage to the Ecce Homo Potato Jesus meme in one of his public artworks.
The image is a fake (as can be seen by comparing to the original below), and just another humorous celebration of famous art as canvasses for the meme.
And in response to the restoration work of Cecilia Giménez, the good folks at BBH London created the Cecilia Prize competition. Now we all have a chance to splash the digital paint about, with an Ecce Homo restoration application developed by Viv Yapp and AK Parker.
The gallery of current submissions is on Pinterest, and so far includes restorations that look like Ronald McDonald, Darth Vader, and Big Bird from Sesame Street. The most creative entry wins a printed poster of their work. But how on earth can only one winner be chosen? This is surely a debate for the gods.
Meanwhile over in Twitterland, peeps are showing their creative side with words, too. Several Twitter accounts in the good name of the Potato Jesus have risen up, like Fresco Jesus (“once a handsome fresco now a hedgehog”).
“Mocking aside, I really hope people are giving that old lady a break,” tweets a concerned DiscordianKitty.
“I CAN SEE HER, ” says Fresco Jesus, speaking in the capitalised Voice Of God – “SHE’S SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS, MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND BATHING IN MY MISERY!”