What do the bells of Notre Dame ‘hear’?

Notre Dame bell
Photo: Bill Fontana
Emmanuel, the biggest and oldest of Notre Dame’s 10 bells, considered one of the most harmonically beautiful in Europe. It was the only bell to survive the French Revolution,

Two years after a fire destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame in Paris, largely silencing the once active cathedral, a contemporary art project could help the historic site regain its voice as part of its reconstruction. The Bay Area artist Bill Fontana is currently working to record the sounds that the medieval church “hears” through its ten monumental bells, with plans to livestream the audio at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam) in Paris next year, and hopefully at museums and cultural sites around the world in the future.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sound-artist-sets-a-new-tone-for-notre-dame-s-bells

Where is the Notre Dame restoration now?

Exterior of Notre Dame
Photo: Kiran Ridley, Getty Images

One issue on which everyone involved in the restoration project agrees is  that Notre Dame is such an important part of French history, culture and religion it will be saved, no matter how much time it takes, or how much money it costs. It is central to French identity, and every effort will be made to save what can be saved, and reconstruct those parts that were destroyed by the fire.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2020/10/26/notre-dame-2/

New VR experience recreates Notre Dame, the fire before, during and after

the VR
Photo: FlyView Paris

A new virtual reality (VR) experience about the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris takes visitors into the cathedral both before, during and after the April 2019 fire.

Rebuilding Notre Dame begins by recounting the history of the gothic cathedral with close-ups of its gargoyles, bells and sacristy alongside the rector Patrick Chauvet talking about his sense of vocation. This footage was made three months prior to the fire for a Targo documentary on Chauvet.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-vr-notre-dame

The organ of Notre Dame getting a four-year clean

Notre Dame organ
Photo: AP

Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire.

The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. It will take six months just to tune the organ, and its music isn’t expected to resound again through the medieval Paris monument until 2024, according to the state agency overseeing Notre Dame’s restoration.

Amazingly, the 8,000-pipe organ survived the April 2019 fire that consumed the cathedral’s roof and toppled its spire. But the blaze coated the instrument in toxic lead dust that must now be painstakingly removed.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/notre-dame-cathedrals-organ-getting-4-year-long-cleaning

When will work on Notre Dame resume?

Notre Dame by night before the fire
Photo: Livioandronico2013
Notre Dame by night before the fire

We don’t know. Even when the virus pandemic has passed, the melted scaffolding is a problem.

Originally erected to restore the 19th-century spire, before the fire of last year, the melted scaffolding around the roof was initially planned to be removed starting March 23rd. Due to coronavirus related measures, the French authorities did not go through with the complicated process.

https://www.archdaily.com/938052/notre-dames-update-restoration-works-suspended-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak

A small Good Friday service will be held at Notre Dame

Notre Dame in restoration
Photo: Reuters

But don’t attempt to go to Notre Dame.. With the current lock-down in France because of coronavirus the service will only be attended by seven people, although it will be televised in France.

The service will include a wreath rescued after the fire at Notre Dame almost a year ago.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-notre-dame/notre-dame-cathedral-to-hold-small-good-friday-service-amid-frances-coronavirus-lockdown-idUSKBN21P22Q