Presto! Louvre Pyramid 'gone'

A giant photograph of the Louvre by French artist and photographer JR is used to cover the museum's iconic symbol, American architect I.M. Pei's the Pyramid, to make it "disappear".

The artist was invited to transform the structure "with a surprising anamorphic image", according to the Louvre.

An anamorphic image is one that appears normal only when viewed from a particular perspective or when seen through an optical device such as a mirror. And it is through this principle that the artist intends to bring about the visual spectacle. With a few square metres of printed paper, JR and his team aim to blend the pyramid into the surrounding Cour Napoleon courtyard.

The exhibition, titled JR at the Louvre, will run from Wednesday to June 27.

On May 29, the artist will stage a 24-hour "takeover" of the museum, a multimedia extravaganza featuring contributions from filmmaker Agnes Varda, model Cara Delevingne and musician Matthieu- M-Chedid.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2016, with the headline 'Presto! Louvre Pyramid 'gone''. Print Edition | Subscribe