14 Sep, 2020 @ 16:35
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Vibrant transformation of 90-year-old Spanish lighthouse causes culture row

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A STORM  is brewing over the makeover of 90-year-old lighthouse on the Costa del Sol, with a campaign group taking a dim view of the colourful changes. 

The beacon, near the Cantabrian town of Ajo, is at the centre of a cultural row after a vibrant paint job by local artist Okuda San Miguel. 

The local council and the port authority commissioned Okuda to transform the mute, monochrome sentry, which stood stark white over the Atlantic for almost a century.

They hoped that the recently completed project, called Infinite Cantabria, would encourage tourists to come from across the globe to visit the landmark. 

According to the regional government, some of the money raised through marketing or events at the site will go to funding food banks in the area.

But not everyone has taken a shine to the new design. Earlier this year, almost 4,000 people signed a petition calling for the building to remain white. 

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