Giant Optical Illusion Created at Louvre Museum

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Earlier this month, for the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s iconic glass pyramid, French street artist JR created an optical illusion that made the pyramid look like it was sinking into a chasm below.

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The Louvre Pyramid was erected in 1989 and was designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei.

To celebrate its anniversary, JR and 400 volunteers cut and pasted 2,000 strips of paper to make the collage surrounding the artwork. According to JR’s website, this was the biggest pasting ever done by an artist. The work measured around 17,000 square meters.

The installation was dubbed “The Secret of the Great Pyramid.”

Attendees could purchase special VIP passes for balcony access to get a good vantage point of the illusion.

Soon after the collage was complete, however, it was ruined as visitors walked across it. Though, this was the realized reality from the start.

“The images, like life, are ephemeral,” JR said.

“Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. The process is all about participation of volunteers, visitors and souvenir catchers. This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence.”


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Public spaces

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