Competition Design for the New Spire of Notre Dame
Truly, truly, we live in a fallen age, in which the people who design these horrors can get coverage in places like the Times and the Met's own online magazine. This is Vincent Callebaut.
Alexandre Fantozzi, who wants to turn the whole roof into stained glass.
A Cyprus-based collective called Kiss the Architect. Unless this is a total spoof. Which it may be, I mean, it looks like a supervillain's ray gun.
Another greenhouse design, which the designer says will grow food for the homeless.
Last and least, Mathieu Lehanneur. I suppose I'm going to have to ally with a bunch of cranky conservatives to fight this made desire for something new and modern. Sigh.
But you know who's winning the competition so far? Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. According to a recent poll, 55% of French people want to put the spire back exactly the way he designed it, with only 25% favoring a new artistic statement.