Tonight, Mr J, his aunt, and I stood in the freezing cold for 30 minutes to watch the light spectacle commemoration the 800th anniversary of the Reims Cathedral . From what I learned, the light show was to illustrate the changes to the cathedral’s architecture and facade over the last eight centuries.
Mr J’s aunt, who worked in the Carnegie library for over 30 years, told me that much of the research to construct this type of historical display takes place in the Carnegie library, referencing manuscripts and books up to 1,000 years old. (We did a private tour of the Carnegie archives and seeing 1200 old hand written animal skin bound books is incredibly impressive.) She said the main reason why there are so many statues and carvings on the facade is because back in the day common people didn’t know how to read, so the statues served as a way to illustrate the Christian Bible and its history.
Anyway, the light spectacle is free and takes place from 6-7PM. It is very chilly outside, so wear warm boots and coats!