My father's a contractor. Occasionally, I'd go on jobs with him during the summer and help clean up here and there and awkwardly dance to the bachata music his workers would blast on the radio. I had a great time on those job-sites, especially watching some of the more skilled professionals.
The painters were incredible. Some of them were so efficient that the tarps they laid down were mere formalities. Others could lay a foundation or erect a first story frame with such precision and alacrity, it looked as natural as breathing to them. My favorite thing to watch, though, were the power-washings.
There was something about seeing a formerly grime and soot-covered surface baptized and emerge clean again. In fact, it's something a lot of people find oddly satisfying to watch. Old becomes new again. Years removed in an instant. There's even a whole subreddit devoted to watching people power washing old stuff to make it look new again. Who would have thought?
There's an art world equivalent to this satisfying phenomenon - art restoration. And watching it happen in real time is even more amazing than seeing a car or slab of concrete become pristine again.
Look at this oily mess get clean right before your eyes. The years just peel away.
Such a difference.
People are already clamoring for live streams of this kind of work.
While others used the video as a chance to make memes.
Others are just amazed by the process behind restoring the painting and not having it turn out like the infamous Jesus fiasco.
How is this accomplished without damaging the painting beneath? This is amazing to watch! Would love to see a time lapse!— YarnGeek (@YarnGeek) November 6, 2017
There is a whole lot of modern chem involved. You can see test squares already done, checking to see the solvents got the varnish-— Julie of Themyscira (@SamuraiKnitter) November 6, 2017
- and not the paint. And even then, whoever that was had a crapload of experience with exactly how hard to press, etc.— Julie of Themyscira (@SamuraiKnitter) November 6, 2017
The varnish yellows with age, effects of smoke from candles, dirt, daylight etc.— Nichola Jeans (@NicholaJeans) November 6, 2017
The video was so mesmerizing it made some people rethink their careers.
And this guy had the same exact thought I did.
Like jet washing a patio.— John Mackin 🇪🇸 (@mackin_john) November 6, 2017
The restoration was simply magical.
Amazing Philip, she is looking stunning! Her skin tone and the earring are magnificent. What a transformation!— David Hudson (@BrummieDavid) November 6, 2017