Thursday, May 16, 2019

UPDATED: New Notre Dame Architectural Design Proposal Almost Makes You Think They Did It On Purpose...

NOTICE TO READERS:  Video #2 of my Gnome Restoration Project is now up on my Arts and Crafts Page which you can access HERE.


A proposed design for Notre-Dame's reconstruction, featuring a glass roof and spire enclosing a greenhouse, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures of Paris. (Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

You know, folks, when the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire and suffered extensive roof damage a month or more ago, I didn't write about it.  Many, including my intrepid blogging colleague, Northerntruthseeker, who pads silently and lynx-like through the boreal forests of Manitoba, wrote about it.  He alleged that the fire was set intentionally.

While there certainly were some suspicious aspects to the fire, it wasn't as clear cut as most false flags are today.  The most important aspect of consideration, Qui bono? [who benefits] wasn't apparent from the facts of the case....until now.

A few days ago, the above architectural concept design appeared in the MainZtream media.  It is a rendering of what the Notre Dame Cathedral could look like if it was restored according to the design of a Paris-based architect, Vincent Callebaut.  Well, do tell...such a beautiful design, thought up and drawn up and professionally rendered....in less than a month!

Here is a snippet from the article and I will have more comments to follow:

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"....In the wake of the devastating fire that ravaged Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, a number of architects and designers have presented proposals suggesting how the church could be rebuilt. The response of paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut seeks to bring science, art, and spirituality together. Inspired by biomimicry, the design hopes to establish a fairer symbiotic relationship between humans and nature...."


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Greencrow says NOW, it's starting to become clear....clear as glass.  I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral on a trip to Paris 20 years ago now.  My memory is that it was a dark and dingy place.  Other than the stunning Rose coloured stained glass window at one end...that "miraculously" survived the fire, it was unremarkable.  I remember there were "relics" [dusty old bones] of saints in glass display cases scattered throughout the cathedral.  While these relics may have been inspirational at one time...when I saw them....they appeared tired, neglected and "dying to be buried" where they belonged...under earth.

As an artist, I have to say that Callebaut's design with the soaring glass roof is stunning.  It is exactly what the church needs and what the City of Paris needs...a modern facelift!   I do hope that this design is chosen to render this tired and decrepit old landmark into the charismatic symbol of the new era in urban architecture.  With its environmental factors, such as solar panels and greenhouse gardens, the Notre Dame Cathedral will be a rival for the Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia Cathedral that is being completed by 2025 in Barcelona Spain . I have written before about the Sagrada Familia Cathedral as being, in my opinion, [I visited it a few years ago] the most beautiful building in the world.

So, hopefully, it's a done deal and the gorgeous design in the photo above will be chosen as the design for the restored Notre Dame Cathedral.  But, but, but....I have a few uncomfortable questions to ask about it.  How were the architectural drawings and plans rendered so fast?  Sagrada Familia has been in the process of design and building for over 100 years.

Most importantly, was the fire set on purpose?--so that this creation could be built without "the people" raising a fuss over the new design vs. preserving the antiquity?  Also, what about the insurance?  Was the Cathedral insured against fire?  If so, how much was it insured for and who owned the policy?  I remember how the NYC "white elephant, asbestos-filled" twin towers were insured for double their worth and "Lucky Larry Silverstein" made a literal "killing" on 9/11.

Here in Vancouver, about every couple of months we have a big fire in the downtown.  Some old building gets burnt to the ground.  Nine times out of ten it's a building whose owner or tenant is having financial or business problems.  The rent's too high for the restaurant to cover, the building's too old for the expenses of renovation/upkeep.  Whatever.  People smile at each other when they read about these fires...that usually start in the middle of the night and/or when the building is empty.  "Insurance arson",  they whisper knowingly to each other.

That's what I'm starting to believe happened to The Notre Dame Cathedral.

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