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On bad copies

Posted by rigorousm on November 18, 2015

A restoration like the one at Chartres on the other hand, uses the illusion of scientific certainty to present a fantasy as fact, and justify the erasure of the past in the name of historical preservation. It is not restoration, it is a form of historical absolutism that imposes one reading, and one moment in a building’s history, on all visitors forever more. It is the copy that eats the original, spitting out the good bits as it goes.

“Destruction at the cathedral: Restoration work at Chartres Cathedral is sacrificing 800 years of patina at the atar of historical absolutism” by Adam Nathaniel Furman for RIBAJ (link to article)


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