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How the glass pyramid of the Louvre disappeared? The offender is French street artist JR who found the way through a stunning optical illusion that will surprise many visitors in Paris in June.


The glass pyramid of the Louvre disappeared thanks to JR!

Two days ago I was crossing the Napoleon Courtyard of the Louvre and came upon the installation of a large-scale photographic piece onto the glass pyramid of the Louvre. Designed in black and white the artwork reproduces the stone façade of the Louvre that stands just behind the famous pyramid. Observed from a certain vantage point situated not far from the roundabout of Place du Carrousel, the effect creates the optical illusion of making the pyramid disappear in a stunning new feature.

The installation of JR's work onto the glass Pyramid of the Louvre is nearly completed - the optical illusion creates a perfect stunt! © French Moments
The installation of JR’s work onto the glass Pyramid of the Louvre is nearly completed – the optical illusion creates a perfect stunt! © French Moments

The piece of art was designed by French street artist JR and is part of an event titled ‘JR au Louvre’ (JR at the Louvre). Visitors will be able to see the ‘invisible’ pyramid stunt until the 27 June.

The right place at the right angle to see the 'invisible' pyramid of the Louvre by JR © French Moments
The right place at the right angle to see the ‘invisible’ pyramid of the Louvre by JR © French Moments
The 'invisible' pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre Museum © French Moments
The ‘invisible’ pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre Museum © French Moments
A closer look at the 'invisible' pyramid of the Louvre by JR © French Moments
A closer look at the ‘invisible’ pyramid of the Louvre by JR © French Moments
Where is the real from the unreal? At the Louvre © French Moments
Where is the real from the unreal? At the Louvre © French Moments

We saw another work by JR at the Panthéon last year when the monument was being renovated. Flashback:

The dome of the Pantheon hidden by JR's work in 2015 © French Moments
The dome of the Pantheon hidden by JR’s work in 2015 © French Moments
The dome of the Panthéon covered with the work of JR in 2015 © French Moments
The dome of the Panthéon covered with the work of JR in 2015 © French Moments

 

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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