Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Editor]; Hébrard, Ernest M. [Editor]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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another, and they point definitely to the necessity of a permanent centre, where
the highest achievements could have a place given them by a world sanction;
where the musician could offer his symphonies and operas, assured of a hearing
as well as of an impartial judgment; where the dramatist could present his
work, with the certainty that, having passed an international jury, it would be
worthily set and represented.

This Temple, dedicated to " the Creative Spirit of God in Man " would
thus be of world-wide utility. It was conceived as a means of bringing
together to a common centre all the creative talent of the world, and of
disseminating its reproduction readily and rapidly throughout all lands.

It was also conceived as having practical surroundings in order to
offer, in schools built for the purpose, the most advantageous means of
acquiring technical knowledge of the arts of painting, sculpture, and archi-
tecture, as well as of music and the drama. Here men and women could
meet from all parts of the world in order to devote themselves to the acqui-
rement of technical knowledge in the various branches of art, in the very
bosom of an international centre, where the world's masterpieces would
afford a continual stimulus to their efforts.


The Temple of Art here presented is designed to house under one roof
all the highest expressions in the drama, music, painting and sculpture from
all countries. It covers a regular quadrilateral, of which each side measures
over 250 metres. It contains : an immense Auditorium in the centre, two
Permanent Sculpture Galleries in front, two Permanent Picture Galleries at
the sides and immense Temporary Exhibition Galleries at the back. All
these are in direct communication with each other. At the summit of a
flight of steps, behind four tall and massive columns, and beneath a sculptured
pediment, is the front entrance facing the Fountain of Life. Above the
columns and under the pediment runs the dedicatory inscription :


The Auditorium forms as it were the heart of this great group, and is
in itself a colossal musical instrument. All the aid that science can give
is required for the construction of an auditorium, which must be the result of
the most minute study in line and detail. Therefore in planning the interior
of this vast hall two essential points were taken into consideration : sound
and the beauty of harmonious form. In regard to both, all the great
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