JR completes monumental anamorphic artwork on the louvre's glass pyramid

JR completes monumental anamorphic artwork on the louvre's glass pyramid

JR completes monumental anamorphic artwork on the louvre’s glass pyramid
(above) image © JR




for more than ten years, artist JR has chosen the public space to showcase his monumental photographic collages and creative urban interventions. whether it be the middle east, the favelas of rio, slums of kenya, new york, le havre or shanghai, the french creative’s works have appeared on walls in cities around the world.


this spring, JR has been invited by the musée du louvre to transform one of the most recognizable aspects of the world-renowned museum into a monumental optical illusion.

the installaiton has been competed for its official unveil on may 25, 2016
image © JR




the iconic I.M. pei-designed pyramid has been made into a surprising anamorphic image, as paper sheets cover the entirety of the landmark’s tiled glass façade. printed on the paper is a huge-scale black and white image of the louvre’s historic palace building — when viewed from a certain vantage point, the collage perfectly aligns to the architectural backdrop and completely conceals the glass pyramid from view.


the installation remains on view from now until june 27, 2016. see images of the work-in-progress below.

detial of the printed image that covers the louvre’s glass façade
image © JR

JR louvre installation
in-progress: the installation 3/4 of the way complete 
image by david emeran

in-progress: JR is transforming one of the most recognizable aspects of the louvre into an optical illusion
image by david emeran

JR louvre installation
the iconic I.M. pei-designed pyramid is made into a surprising anamorphic image
image courtesy of musée du louvre

JR louvre installation
a team covers the glass façade with giant paper sheets 
image courtesy of JR

JR louvre installation
the printed collage hides the louve’s existing pyramid building 
image by 1993paris

JR louvre installation
work continues on the installation by JR in paris 
image courtesy of musée du louvre

JR louvre installation
the poster for the exhibition designed by jeremy schneider
image © jeremy schneider / courtesy of musée du louvre

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