This Artist Created An Incredible Optical Illusion At The Louvre Just So It Could Be Destroyed In A Few Days

Published 5 years ago

Even if you have never been to Paris, you probably know that it’s a city rich in both culture and stunning architecture. There are so many things to see – from the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower to the busy narrow streets and beautiful open boulevards – all of this will make you feel like you’re a part of a romantic movie. And if you ever get to visit Paris, don’t forget to visit the Louvre – not only is it the largest art museum in the world, the building itself is a sight worth seeing as well.

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Recently, French artist Jean Rene turned the Louvre pyramid into an amazing optical illusion using 2,000 paper stickers

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The art installation was created to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the pyramid’s construction. Jean Rene, or JR for short, created the amazing optical illusion along with the help of 400 people.

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The optical illusion was finished on the 30th of March and JR posted a picture on his Instagram page inviting people to come see it live.

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Many people came to see it – so much, in fact, that the giant 17,000 square meter (183,000 sq ft) work of art was torn to pieces in just a few hours.

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“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. The process is all about participation of volunteers, visitors, and souvenir catchers,” writes JR under a picture of the partially destroyed piece.

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“This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence,” writes JR. Judging from what the artist says, the destruction of the piece was a planned part of the performance.

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Even though this optical illusion was created in celebration of the pyramid’s 30th anniversary, Jean wanted to dedicate it to one special person Agnès Varda. “I am sure you can see it. I did something that can be seen from the sky,” writes the artist.

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Agnès Varda was a prominent French film director and photographer who worked closely with Jean Rene on their 2017 documentary ‘Faces Places’. Sadly, Varda passed away on the 29th of March, just one day before JR finished his art piece.

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People had their own opinions about the art piece

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France, jean rene, Jr., optical illusion, Paris, street art, the louvre, the Louvre Museum
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