In 2012 Cecilia Gimenez attempted to restore a weathered fresco in Spain called the Ecce Homo. While the "the original painting was of little artistic importance" (Wiki
), the painting quickly became infamous. In light of this, I and a small team of friends at work
, including the very talented creative team AK Parker
and Viv Yapp
, speedily put together a fun website where users could 'restore' their own Ecce Homo.
We called it The Cecilia Prize, and it was an over night success. It went viral, reaching 1 million hits in two weeks.
It also went on to win a number of awards and was picked as the Guardian Meme of the Year 2012
. You can read about it on Time
, Fast Co Create
or the Huffington Post