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Notre-Dame illuminated on Litchfield Cathedral in new art exhibit

by Tola Mbakwe

Lichfield Cathedral said the famous Parisian landmark will be illuminated across the building "as an act of solidarity" and to raise awareness of the fragility of all our cathedrals".

The central piece of the artwork will be projected throughout the nave covering the floor, walls and ceilings, and will be composed of images from Notre-Dame's stained glass. It will also include a new piece of music by composer, David Harper.

The artwork is part of a new light and sound show opening at Litchfield Cathedral on Monday called "The Cathedral Illuminated 2019: The Beginning".

Very Rev Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said in a statement: "As a Dean of one of England's gothic cathedrals, I know how much we owe to France for the development of an evocative architectural tradition, one which was so widely adopted by the rest of Europe.

"And, as an act of solidarity with the people of France, we decided to use the windows of Notre-Dame in our central projections this Christmas, enabling our 20,000 visitors to be immersed in their beauty and to remind them of what could have been lost.

"Our cathedrals are amongst our greatest national and international treasures, they are at the heart of a country's history, culture and social fabric, and a testament to its faith. We would all be so much the poorer without them."

An investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the fire at Notre-Dame. The cathedral is still covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting and "remains in danger".

Meanwhile the French culture ministry said nearly €1bn (£860m) has been pledged or raised for the reconstruction.

"Cathedral Illuminated 2019: The Beginning" runs from 16th December to 21st December.

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