France Piles on to Notre Dame Tragedy with Idiotic Contest to Redesign Spire.

Michael Loftus

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Notre Dame burned. We were all heartbroken. You didn't have to be a person of faith. You just had to be able to appreciate art and beauty.

A structure that was vast and wonderful, crafted with love and by hands of craftsmen. Notre Dame is a triumph.

When looking upon what was left after the fire, I actually held out some hope. Much of the stonework survived. The walls, the supports.

Sure, there was a lot to be repaired but it seemed (to put it simply) Notre Dame had a roof and spire problem. Many of the artifacts had been saved and the bones of the cathedral were in good shape.

They could rebuild. That's all... rebuild. Not redesign. Rebuild.

Now French officials have announced a contest to redesign the Spire. To reflect a blah, blah, blah. Fuck. That.

Just give us an exact replica of the original. And make it fireproof. I don't care what space age materials you use. Just make it look exactly like the original.

No contest winner is going to improve what stood for centuries. It will just stand out like a sore thumb. A turd in a punchbowl.

The BALLS of these idiots to think they can improve such a work of art! It really pisses me off.

Post modern architecture can kiss my ass. It's garbage. Just giant steel and glass boxes, slapped up on a corner with ZERO thought to actual beauty or craftsmanship. I make better looking buildings in fucking Minecraft!

France, I'm begging you to reconsider. You won't be improving anything. Look what you did to the Louvre! You let some douche slap a glass triangle smack dab in the middle of something wonderful. It's IN THE WAY of something truly beautiful.

If the French people let this horrible contest plan go forward, I say fuck it. Let's have contests to improve everything!

Let's slap a dick on Mona Lisa's face cause some douche won a contest! How 'bout robot arms on the Empire State Building?! Let's put SpongeBob at the Last Supper!


We don't need a contest. We need The Spire. The Original.

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Comments (5)
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Michael  Loftus
Michael Loftus


Hola! Thanks for chiming in! You must be ignorant of the history of me not caring. I want new spire to look like the old one. End of story. That's my opinion and I don't see myself changing it. Now, Huzzah! for your love of all things gothic. I dig it too! I just reject the notion that once an old thing gets damaged, you replace the damaged part with something new. I also loathe art that affects existing art! Like the "Fearless Girl" statue on wall st. blocking the "Bull". Horrible. one more thing: Sincere thanks for voicing you opinion! I dig it! I love people with strong opinions!

Actual Architect
Actual Architect

Your anger about this only further accentuates your apparent ignorance about how architecture works.

a) The redesign won't necessarily be modern. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was actually responsible for the original spire in the 19th century, hundreds of years after the original building was completed. He even considered adding more spires to the towers, which would've entirely changed its characteristic appearance ( And guess what? He was criticized too for "reinterpreting" Gothic and not being unquestionably faithful to historic designs (

b) I will tentatively assume you're not fond of I. M. Pei's pyramid design for the Louvre given your vehemence for any modern design being brought within several meters of an old building. What you're probably unaware of is the immense design and structural innovations that were introduced that common uneducated critics don't even understand ( To the uninformed observer the design decisions are invisible and likewise are treated with insult.

c) Gothic architecture is my highest passion. It's literally everything I want to do with my life. I want to revive it and reintroduce it to the world so that people will be more fond of its aesthetic beauty and structural elegance. In fact, my first reaction to the redesign contest was "but the old one was perfect"! But that doesn't mean I can't understand that architecture is a living art and science, that evolves as people evolve. Events that are part of our history leave their marks on the world around us. The events that lead to what you understood as the "old", "perfect" cathedral were the results of centuries of innovative, nontraditional, and controversial ideas. Yes, I don't want a completely modern design on the cathedral, because it would indeed be too great a departure from the traditional form and function of world's archetype Gothic cathedral. But thinking that something was perfect the way it was before leaves us with buildings that don't progress alongside world societies, representing new, sometimes genius ideas.

Sadly, there will always be people like you who so outrageously disparage art that doesn't meet your standard. In 19th century Austria, when 'modern' art ideas began to steer away from the perceived 'tradition', those artists were censored and rejected by the state, to the point that they would have an artistic 'secession' from the status quo. This is the secession building in Vienna: (Secessionsgeb%C3%A4ude.JPG/1200px-Wien-_Secessionsgeb%C3%A4ude.JPG). It was built in 1897 but it reflects the thoughts and ideas that those people had, which were decades, even centuries ahead of their time. The Nazis were also very particular about whether art was 'Aryan' or not, to the point where historically famous musicians like Paul Hindemith had to flee the country because of persecution. The most criticism these days still seems to come from white nationalists who think that their 'heritage' is being threatened by new ideas.

I'm not here to attack you, and I'm not here to try and make you feel bad. I'm here solely because I wanted to help you understand some of the context that offhanded polemics like this are lacking. Because sometimes the consequence is that people with brilliant ideas are shot down for no good reason. For all you know, the redesign could look even better than the original.

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Actual Architect
Actual Architect

Edit: apparently this site doesn't like links from wikipedia


Signed up for this website (whatever it even is) just so I could agree with you. Sick of this "don't let the architects ruin the architecture" bullshit.

Michael  Loftus
Michael Loftus


Woo Hoo! Welcome aboard!