Photo credit: JR
French street artist JR has just unveiled his latest work in Paris this past weekend, and it does not involve Photoshop. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Museum’s stunning glass pyramid, he, along with 400 volunteers, pasted 2,000 sheets of paper around an I.M. Pei design to make it appear as if it’s rising out of a quarry. “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. This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence,” said the artist. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
“After the artist sent out a photo of the installation the Friday it was complete, visitors swarmed the site. In no time, the fragile paper laid out in the 183,000-square-foot (17,000-square-meter) plaza started to disintegrate. While some visitors were disillusioned by how quickly it disappeared, coming from a field of ephemeral art, the situation didn’t phase JR,” according to My Modern Met.