The Spanish tour guide’s submachine gunfire echoes through his headband microphone, while his audience drifts away, his gaze drawn to Cathedral Square. In front of Notre-Dame de Paris, men in uniform and wearing tight hats are busy under the radiant sun. Some move tall panels covered with texts, while others set up the scaffolding. Located in a metal structure, the two of them pull out a large visual canvas. All of these anonymous people end up preparing the public reception for the 2021 edition of European Heritage Days with good humor.
Anonymous people, really? These little-known professionals, members of ten states are busy restoring the monument, and the public organization responsible for the restoration of the Notre Dame wants to highlight these September 18th and 19th weekends. Within an area full of “business villages” visitors are brought in to meet associates and discover their work in between demonstrations, workshops and conferences. September 18 marks the official end of the building’s security and integration. Chances are, too “To pay tribute” These carpenters, scaffolders, and rope access technicians have been struggling on a vast site for two and a half years, recalls Jeremy Patrier-Lettus, director of the site’s development and cultural program.
September 18 marks the official end of the building’s security and integration.
“Before, we were seen with big eyes, no one knew what we were doing. The fire was obviously a sad phase, but we are now more interested in our business,” he said. Rope Access Committee Chairman Kevin Dawson is watching with interest. These brave workers, “Hands and Eyes of Other States”, Responsibility“Access places where no one can go”. After the spire burned, they sank and hung on the burnt scaffolding to cut the twisted and interlocking pillars.
“Unity of Functions”
Jeremy Patriarch-Leeds enjoys collaborative work on defense: “On many platforms, trades come one after the other. Especially in this case, they all intervened at once. There was a real similarity of operations.” For example, rope access technicians were the first to take leading architects and scientists above the monument’s vaults. Carpenters, on the other hand, cannot accomplish their work without scaffolding. They climbed the 1,200-ton mountain set up in the shade by these men to fix the arches and half-arches to the cathedral’s vaults and flying crackers. “Everyone needs everyone”, Yves Macel, head of woodworking.
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