The most famous and largest art museum in the world, the Louvre, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iconic pyramid’s construction this year. To commemorate this special occasion, French artist Jean Rene, also known as JR, turned the famous glass pyramid into a mesmerizing optical illusion.
JR used 2000 strips of paper and with the help of 400 people he created an incredible 17,000 square meter, or 183,000 square foot, work of art. Once they were done, from above the pyramid looked like it was placed in the middle of a grayscale quarry. On March 30th, the artist invited everyone on social media to come and see what they’ve created.
“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,” Jean Rene said below one of his photos.
So many people rushed to see this newly created masterpiece, that it was destroyed in just a few hours.
But photos captured the beauty of this creation, so take a look.