Art Dirt: Exploring the Metaverse + the “Disneyfication” of Notre Dame

by Glasstire December 19, 2021
Screenshot of an animated Henri Rousseau painting

Screenshot from a video by Meta

William Sarradet and Brandon Zech discuss Meta’s new virtual world and the recently proposed plans to modernize the interior of Notre Dame in Paris.

“That would put the fear of God into you, if you walked into Notre Dame and there was a giant Louise Bourgeois spider looming overhead.”

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This week’s podcast is sponsored in part by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the museum’s exhibition, Francesca Fuchs: Serious and Slightly Funny Things, which is on view from December 18, 2021 through March 13, 2022. Houston-based artist Francesca Fuchs creates paintings and sculptures about artifacts from our daily lives. Using subtle color and shadow, Fuchs dissolves the distinction between high and low, between personal and public, between what we feel and what we know. AMSET is open 7 days a week and admission is free. For more information, visit

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NY Times: Fate of Priceless Cultural Treasures Uncertain After Notre-Dame Fire
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Artnet News: Artists Wanted an Experimental New Spire for Notre Dame. The French Senate Has Now Made Sure That Will Never Happen
The Art Newspaper: Catholic church’s proposed redesign of Notre Dame interior provokes outrage
Artnet News: Critics Say New Church-Approved Plans for Notre-Dame Will Make the Place Look Like Disneyland
France24: France approves controversial Notre-Dame redesign
NY Times: Modernization of Notre-Dame Interior Gets Green Light
Smithsonian Magazine: France Approves Controversial Plan to Renovate Notre-Dame Cathedral
Hyperallergic: France Approves a Controversial, Modernized Renovation Plan for Notre-Dame’s Interior
Artnet News: French Heritage Experts Have Approved Controversial Notre-Dame Plans That Critics Say Will ‘Distort’ the Famed Cathedral
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