Guerilla Cultural Repair

See the cool things you can do if you know how to repair stuff?

For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon’s unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid “illegal restorers” set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building’s famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves.

“When we had finished the repairs, we had a big debate on whether we should let the Panthéon’s officials know or not,” said Lazar Klausmann, a spokesperson for the Untergunther. “We decided to tell them in the end so that they would know to wind the clock up so it would still work.

The Guardian via Bryan on Twitter

Suddenly I imagine a course with a veteran clock-maker as part of the Sustainable Living Arts School curricula. A little bit folk school, a little bit Ruckus Society.



  1. Cool article and thanks for the links! Maybe the world just needs a few more fo these people, to restore the rest of the stuff in disarray and waiting to be salvaged!

  2. I’ve got some stuff that needs fixing, but nobody’s sneaking into my basement to get all guerrilla-fixit on me… 🙂

  3. Adventure Doc- thanks for stopping on by. Your site is a treasure trove. Makes me want to travel and risk some wierd bugs.

    D’Arcy- dude you just need to host a learning party. People will do all sorts of crazy stuff in the name of education. (At least I hope so.)

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