THE LOUVRE'S PYRAMID TURNS 30 AND FETES WITH A SPECIAL COLLAGE
ANAMORPHOSIS AT THE LOUVRE
Featuring a strong optical illusion, French street artist JR and a flow of volunteers created a striking, eye-catching collage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s pyramid, the landmark glass structure inaugurated in March 1898 by then-French President François Mitterand.
Meant to be viewed from a specific top point, the temporary ground collage made of paper strips, gives the illusion of dizzying depth and of smaller pyramids jutting out from the ground. To allow for a better view, two screens positioned inside the courtyard will show the artwork and its creation process.
The Louvre’s pyramid was designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei amidst plenty of controversy and criticism. The modernist lattice monument was accused of clashing with the surrounding historic buildings and the Napoleonic courtyard. Over time, though, it has become a major attraction, gradually winning over its detractors.