The People's Notre-Dame Design Competition

Per Cederberg

Sweden

Designer's Description

“Sel et lumière”

Matthew 5:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven."

“Sel et lumière” means “salt and light” and is inspired from Matthew 5:13 in the Bible. The name of the church spire is meant to inspire all mankind to act well and to honor truth. For centuries, Notre Dame has served as a meeting place for man, but above all as a place to meet God. “Sel et lumière” puts the salt and light in a high place in order to honor God and the message of the gospel.

“Sel et lumière” reuses the original cross from the old spire and places the copper statues of the apostles in the base of the spire. The lower part of the spire is made of a light stone, while the upper part consists of crystal. The crystals are illuminated at night.

Once a year, April 14, when the cathedral burned, the crystals are illuminated with red light. This should remind us that everything is perishable.

The proposal was created by Per Cederberg, a resident of Sweden.

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