‘JR au Louvre’: Artist Makes Museum’s Famous Glass Pyramid Disappear

by: Joseph On  Friday, May 27, 2016

JR au Louvre

Everyone knows the famous glass pyramid that encases the entrance to the Louvre, the most attended and biggest museum in the world. Visitors to that museum between now and June 27th, though, may be surprised to find that at first glance (and from a certain angle), the pyramid appears to have disappeared, thanks to the efforts of French artist JR for an installation called JR au Louvre.

JR au Louvre is an example of the artistic tradition of trompe l’oeil, or “fooling the eye.” In other words, it’s an optical illusion of the anamorphic variety that creates the illusion of invisibility by replicating the image of the rest of the museum over the surface of the pyramid, thus making it seem invisible, like so:

You have until the aforementioned date of June 27th to see the vanished Louvre pyramid, after which JR au Louvre will itself disappear.  For more from JR, check out his official site here.