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"The Latin Quarter is where the concept of human rights came from, it's the centre of everything. The Panthéon clock is in the middle of it. So it's a bit like the clock at the centre of the world."

Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock

'Cultural guerrillas' cleared of lawbreaking over secret workshop in Pantheon

Emilie Boyer King in Paris
Monday November 26, 2007

Four members of an underground "cultural guerrilla" movement known as the Untergunther, whose purpose is to restore France's cultural heritage, were cleared on Friday of breaking into the 18th-century monument...

For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon's unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid "illegal restorers" set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building's famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves.

"When we had finished the repairs, we had a big debate on whether we should let the Panthéon's officials know or not," said Lazar Klausmann, a spokesperson for the Untergunther. "We decided to tell them in the end so that they would know to wind the clock up so it would still work...

Untergunther is the restoration cell of the [UX] network.

"We would like to be able to replace the state in the areas it is incompetent," said Klausmann. "But our means are limited and we can only do a fraction of what needs to be done. There's so much to do in Paris that we won't manage in our lifetime."

The Untergunther
       undercover restorers
repairing the damage and neglect
of the incompetent state,
global guerrillas for the benefit
of all who allow the benefit
of all.

Is that high concept or what?

Originally posted to gmoke on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 07:31 PM PST.


The Untergunther yes?

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  •  way cool (2+ / 0-)
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    0hio, truthbeauty

    I am sure there are not enough folks in America who even suspect we have heritage worth saving to do this kind of great public works.  I can imagine this kind of "civic rebuilding"m by guerilla organizations will be quite popular in the next 100 years as the world infrastructure crumbles rapidly due to all the earth's resources being depleted and things such as paint and spare parts become too expensive for local and state governments.

    •  wow! (2+ / 0-)
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      count, 0hio

      very neat pictures...thanks!!!  It goes well with my Bookflurries theme...truth stranger than fiction.  It is rather late, but I stuck a link there and gave you credit.

      There were men in Detroit many, many years ago who were repairing and restoring theater organs, but it was no secret.  It was a vey great act of kindness, though.

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat Wednesday evenings 8 PM EST

      by cfk on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 08:13:06 PM PST

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  •  Beautiful! (1+ / 0-)
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    There are many petroglyph sites in Wyoming that I would like to see given the protection they deserve, protection not just from human idiots with beer, ammo and spare time but from wind and ice as well. Honest to Pete I don't think our species deserves such a planet...

    "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." --Leia

    by crose on Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 09:08:50 PM PST

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