These American architects want to turn the restoration itself into a work of art. I’d be very surprised if this happens.
In July 2003 the Choral Music Society of Seychelles had the privileged opportunity to perform a concert in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. They have now raised $330 for the restoration.
Something that probably won’t ever happen but Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has proposed a temporary paper tube chapel for Notre Dame while the main building is slowly restored.
Like Notre Dame, ravaged by fire in April, the towering cathedral in Reims also endured disaster, when it was heavily shelled in World War I. The ensuing inferno shattered and blackened its massive stone pillars and exquisite sculptures and heavily damaged luminous stained-glass windows that, now restored, bathe its cool and cavernous interior in a rainbow of colour. Flames also melted the lead roof, which dripped through the gargoyles.
Do you think French authorities would succumb to such an unoriginal and mundane architectural idea to reconstruct the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral?
Well the gargoyles of Notre Dame survived the fire and even though they only date from the 1800s but were carefully designed and made to look like they were from the Middle Ages rather than a later addition.
And of course Notre Dame cathedral is one of them.
The French National Assembly on July 3 adopted the bill’s introduction with 32 votes in favour, 7 against and 8 abstentions. Some of the earlier contested provisions have now been clarified. It’s not law yet but it’s getting closer.
“First Notre Dame. . . now THIS!?!?” wrote Joshua James Innerst on Twitter, referring to. “C’mon Fire. Content yourself already.”
You see fire has claimed about 45,000 barrels of bourbon in Kentucky.
The bees of Notre Dame survive. The beehives, made from wood, three of them kept on one of the roofs above the sacristy, had survived the fire and are doing well