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Since the 25th May, a large photographic piece wraps the iconic glass pyramid outside the Musée du Louvre causing it to disappear against the palace facade. This is due to french artist JR, who made this his latest public artwork. In fact, JR has been invited by the Musée du Louvre to transform one of the most recognizable aspects of the world-renowned museum into a monumental optical illusion.
Because of this artwork, visitors to Paris are being greeted with an unfamiliar sight: IM Pei’s iconic glass pyramid, a Parisian landmark that has served as the renowned museum’s entrance since 1989, is still there, but with a very different look. The installation will be unveiled to the public until june 27, 2016.
The piece is part of an event titled “JR au Louvre,” and is comprised of photographic prints of the museum itself adhered to the glass exterior. When viewed from just the right vantage point it creates an illusion of the pyramid seeming to vanish.
The iconic pyramid was made into a surprising anamorphic image, as paper sheets cover the entirety of the landmark’s tiled glass façade. Printed on the paper is a huge-scale black and white image of the Louvre’s historic palace building.
For more than ten years, artist JR has chosen the public space to showcase his monumental photographic collages and creative urban interventions. Whether it be the Middle East, the favelas of Rio, slums of Kenya, New York, Le Havre or Shanghai, the french creative’s works have appeared on walls in cities around the world.