Artist Uses 2,000 Giant Strips Of Paper To Turn The Louvre Pyramid Into A Giant Optical Illusion

April 5, 2019


Note: Worthwhile larger shots of this image and the other three HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the I.M Pei designed Louvre Pyramid, these are several shots of the result of French street artist JR and a group of 400 volunteers pasting over 2,000 printed strips of paper down in Napolean Court to make the pyramid appear as if it continues downward into a deep chasm. Some more info while I try to unravel just how this mystery fits into The Da Vinci Code:

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid, JR is creating a collaborative piece of art on the scale of the Napoleon Court. Three years after having made the Pyramid disappear, the street artist is about to bring a new light to the famed monument by realizing a gigantic collage ...The images, like life, are ephemeral. 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. ....This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence.

Obviously, the illusion only works from this particular angle, which, and I know this may come as a surprise, is not the view from my balcony. The view from my balcony is a lot more-- "A busy highway." Exactly. So -- wanna come over tonight to drink some cold ones and see how many tractor trailers we can get to blow their horns? "There's nothing more I'd rather do--" Yes, my current record's six! "Than anything but that." Oh.

Keep going for several more shots including one after people have already started tearing off souvenirs.




Thanks to K Diddie, who only wants to know what they paste they used tastes like. Sames.

  • The_Wretched

    The plaza is much more interesting. Love the art.

  • I am anxious to mark it is real or artist!

  • Doog

    This looks absolutely amazing. I agree with Ollie though, why couldn't it just be an awesome piece without the "presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence" bit.

    I suppose it's their project though and they can do/say whatever they like about it

  • Ollie Williams

    That extreme pretentiousness in the description is why people hate art.

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    Meh, some people just wake up hating everything.

  • Eric Ord

    Meh, Ollie Williams, and The_Wretched

  • Ollie Williams

    It's no secret I hate everything and everyone.

  • Eric Ord

    Otherwise we'd get along, right? <3

  • Ollie Williams

    Sure. Let's go with that.

  • Eric Ord

    Made ya think though, right? I mean, right?

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  • GeneralDisorder

    I don't hate art. I do hate pretentious self-important dick-farts though...

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