load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);Notre-Dame workers start removal of fire-damaged scaffoldingSource:AFP Published: 2020/6/9 17:28:42load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, the first day of operations to dismantle the scaffolding Photo: AFPWorkers at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday began the delicate task of removing tons of metal scaffolding that melted together during the fire that destroyed the monuments roof and spire in 2019, one of the riskiest operations in the rebuilding effort so far.Around 40,000 tubes were fused into a tangled mass in the intense heat of the blaze, and must be removed without further damaging the limestone walls supporting the gothic vault.Half of the metal remains suspended some 40 meters above the churchs floor.”When all this is taken care of, well be extremely relieved because the cathedral will have been saved,” said Christophe Rousselot, director general of the Fondation Notre-Dame, the charity that is overseeing the collection of donations to the cathedral.”Pieces of the scaffolding could fall and weaken parts of the walls,” he said, describing the work as “very complicated, with a sizable degree of risk.”A telescopic lift carried workers into the middle of the structure for a last evaluation, and a towering crane installed at the site brought up equipment.Later this week, workers will be suspended by ropes to start sawing apart the scaffolding, an operation expected to last through the summer, Rousselot said.The scaffolding had been installed for a renovation of the spire that was being carried out when the fire erupted on the evening of April 15, 2019.Millions of people around the world watched as the fire tore through the churchs roof, causing its steeple to collapse and sending billowing fumes containing toxic molten lead into the air.Firefighters worked throughout the night to keep Notre-Dame from collapsing completely, though officials have said the structure remains at risk.Workers first had to install a new lattice of scaffolding to encompass the roughly 40 tons of molten metal and stabilize it as well as the fire-scarred walls of the 13th-century masterpiece.Two teams of five will take turns cutting away the tubes one by one while hanging from rope harnesses.Once the tubes are cleared a more durable temporary roof can be installed to protect the cathedrals priceless artworks from rain, allowing actual restoration work to begin, though officials have said that might not start until 2021.Marking the first anniversary of the disaster in April, President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his goal of restoring Notre-Dame to its former glory by 2024. But the renovation has been slowed by a series of delays, including the recent halt during the coronavirus lockdown that kept the 60 to 70 workers at home.Work had already been stopped in 2019 to remove the lead particles that settled on the site when the metal panelling in the roof melted.Heavy concentrations of the metal settled on the square in front of the cathedral and on nearby streets that proved particularly difficult to remove, sparking fears that residents could be exposed to poisoning.Several schools were closed for weeks as workers decontaminated classrooms and playgrounds, and the square in the front was reopened to visitors only in May.Countless other cleaning and restoration operations await, and the projects chief architect Philippe Villeneuve has warned that new challenges could arise as the work progresses.The fire prompted an outpouring of funds from donors worldwide, with more than 900 million euros (nearly $1 billion) given or pledged by some 340,000 companies and individuals.Newspaper headline: Getting to work RELATED ARTICLES:Notre-Dame fire: Work starts to remove melted scaffolding Closed for over a year, Parvis Notre-Dame reopened to public from May 31 Renovation of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris resumesPosted in: ART,CULTURE & LEISURE,ARTS FOCUSvar wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1191057;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes/channel_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}
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