These farcical pieces have been inspired by the threat that has risen yet again, after two failures, to have a cableway built to World Heritage-listed Springbrook in the Hinterland of southeast Queensland, Australia. The senselessness of this concept can be best highlighted by considering a similar proposal for other World Heritage-listed sites that have a more tangible presence than the natural bio-diversity for which Springbrook is listed. Australians are blasé about ‘bush,’ seeing it as a no-man’s-land zone, a location appropriate for dumping trash and burning; or for the more sensitive, as a pretty retreat to use and enjoy - to develop. The outrage of this cableway proposal and its gross insensitivity may be better comprehended when transposed to other World Heritage contexts where it would never be contemplated.
He opened a display that illustrates the concept.
An automatically sequenced Wi-Fi audio commentary will be coordinated with the movement of the cable car to progressively explain the whole cathedral and its intimate detail.
From this dramatic beginning, the cableway will sweep out and around to the north, rising in height to display the wonder of the flying buttresses.
The plan is to remove the central panel of lead light in both rose windows so that the cableway can pass through and across the full width of the transept. The visitors will be able to be close to the vaulting and experience the full length of the nave as never before seen, as well as enjoy the glass detailing and its colours.
There has been some controversy about the removal of the lead lights. The Minister said that these panels were to be erected on permanent display in a nearby tourist information centre.
"It will be a win-win situation," Vie said. "The full beauty of the rose windows will be able to be revealed to all for the very first time. Only with the cable way will tourists be able to come face to face with the full set of images in these great works of art and also enjoy the high details of this sacred place."
The terminus will be the visitor centre that will front both lanes and the nearby commercial square, and become the beginning and the end of this cableway.
The local heritage group said that its members were concerned.
"Total care and attention will be given to every aspect of this construction project. It will use the latest technology to overcome some of the most challenging technical concerns. The cathedral will be better than ever. There will be no impacts. The world’s best practice will be used."
This piece too has been inspired by the language our politicians like to use to justify even the worst of decisions: see http://m.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/burke-approves-resort-on-keppel/story-fn59niix-1226591119298