Archbishop Michel Aupetit announced recently that reconstruction work may resume “in January 2021,” even while he admitted that “there are always possible risks.”
The question of the new spire which is to crown the nave of the building—identical restoration or “reinvention”—is likely to distance the horizon of reopening of the cathedral in 2024, as still desired and believed by the head of state.
As the much-awaited restoration work inside the cathedral of Notre Dame has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the fence surrounding the construction site was brightened up by an exhibition of childrens drawings representing the beloved Parisian cathedral.
Uperio’s new Potain MDT 809 tower crane working on the Notre Dame Cathedral
Launched last year, the Potain MDT 809 is Uperio’s largest topless crane, offering a maximum capacity of 25 tonnes and an 80 metre jib. Since taking delivery late last year, the crane has been working on the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Workers suspended from ropes will be lowered into the charred remains of scaffolding that melted atop Notre Dame when the cathedral went up in flames and begin the delicate job of dismantling the 200 tons of metal.
An announcement that the work will start today (8th June) and last through the summer months came Sunday from the office overseeing the restoration of the centuries-old jewel of Gothic architecture ravaged by fire on 15th April, 2019.
Sometimes, the fire at Notre Dame seems to fade into insignificance.
In the USA, the sheer tumult of the Trump era, the unceasing torrent of events that were unthinkable even hours before, has left a nation constantly off balance, unable to find its bearing and grasp how far it has traveled.
On Monday, an entirely peaceful protest was driven out of a city square in front of the White House with teargas, baton charges and mounted police, so Trump could pose in front of a church with a Bible.
Perhaps, some heroes may be needed.