JR plays with the Louvre’s Pyramid

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Museum’s glass pyramid by architect I.M.Pei, French artist JR created a 17,000 sq metre optical illusion surrounding the iconic building.

He relied on a team of 400 volunteers who pasted paper stickers resulting in a large-scale illusion of the pyramid being submerged in a quarry of white rock, including references to Roman architecture. The public responded really well and came to the most-visited museum in the world (according to The Art Newspaper) over the weekend.

The secret of the great pyramid,‘ was JR’s largest collage to date. The Louvre President, Jean-Luc Martinez said “It magnifies this iconic monument… I was immediately seduced.”

JR posted multiple images of the work from the perfect sky-high viewpoint, one which honoured his late friend, Belgian-born French artist Agnès Varda, who died on Saturday aged 90 years.

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