JR Made The Louvre Pyramid Disappear
Paris’s Musée du Louvre played host to the latest installation of prolific French artist, JR, who made its iconic pyramid disappear in an illusory outdoor collage.
“The Pyramid is one of the most photographed French monuments. I am re-directing its energy, because people are going to have to move around it.”The installation was part of a 24-hour takeover of the Louvre by JR, featuring talks, films, concerts and workshops to highlight the artist’s creative process. Aiming to draw attention to the tension between traditional and modern aesthetics in art and architecture, JR explains, “By erasing the Louvre Pyramid, I am highlighting the way [Chinese-American architect I.M.] Pei made the Louvre relevant for his time, while bringing the Louvre back to its original state. The Pyramid is one of the most photographed French monuments. I am re-directing its energy, because people are going to have to move around it.”