Ceci tuera cela: Cutting-out The Ontario Way

Killin, Allan (2008) Ceci tuera cela: Cutting-out The Ontario Way. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

If God is in the details, tangible detail can inform and inspire intangible feeling. But if the detail is alien, or simply not present, in its current mythologized, eroded, or repaired form, nor in its well-studied mechanical behavior and chemistry, how can it contribute to spirit of place? Victor Hugo’s argument “Ceci Tuera Cela”, this kills that, is witnessed in restoration practice. This paper acknowledges a cultural dualism and argues for wholeness through literacy and craftsmanship. A examination of GBCA’s recent experience – literally from the trenches and scaffold of masonry restoration – focuses on the culturally destructive capacity of restoration and repair projects and on hardlearned practical means to avoid loss and promote conservation of local traditional detail and feeling. A discussion of factors contributing to the disappearance of a common form of nineteenth century pointing, provides perspective on the larger restoration debate, using local examples before a line-up of the usual suspects, Notre Dames, Parthenons, Place Royale, The Toronto Dominion Centre, and the Vimy Monument.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Killin, AllanUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: restoration; restoration projects; theory of restoration; conservation; stone; masonry; ruins; spirit of place
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 05. Building techniques
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 12. Techniques
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of restoration
C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Ontario, Canada
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 17:26
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/19

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