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Tourists Destroyed JR's Massive Louvre Installation Within Hours

Tourists Destroyed JR’s Massive Louvre Installation Within Hours

In 2019, renowned French artist #JR used 2,000pieces of paper to create an optical illusion of the Louvre’s steel-and-glass pyramid emerging from a rock quarry.

The collage titled “The Secret of the Great Pyramid” covered the 18,000-sq.ft. Napoleon Court, installed in honour of the 30th anniversary of the I.M. Pei-designed structure.

Following his 2016 creation that concealed the entire museum with a photo backdrop of the Louvre Palace, this installation uncovered a construction site with the iconic glass building as the tip of the pyramid, and a much larger structure extending down into the rocky quarry.

The installation was ruined and stolen on the second day. JR says, “This project is about presence and absence, reality and memories, impermanence.”

🏛️ The Secret of the Great Pyramid, 2019

🧑🏻‍🎨 @jr

📷 YouTube @ Musée du Louvre / Dezeen / DW News


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