The Dutch company Concr3de wants to help rebuild parts of Notre Dame Cathedral by using the ashes from the fire in a 3D printing process that has already produced a gargoyle, DeZeen reports. The ash used in the test is similar to what was created by the fire and was mixed with limestone to create the stone demon. “We saw the spire collapse and thought we could propose a way to combine the old materials with new technology to help speed up the reconstruction and make a cathedral that is not simply a copy of the original but rather a cathedral that would show its layered history proudly,” said architet Eric Geboers.
Geboers believes using the materials left behind after the fire would address some philosophical problems posed by rebuilding Notre-Dame to the original design while using new materials. “Isn’t a copy just a fake? Simply copying, pretending there never was a fire, would be a historical forgery,” he said.