The ephemeral piece of art, which was quickly destroyed by visitors who flocked to see it, took on new meaning after an unexpected event. (6/7)


The project was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre pyramid. On Saturday, JR shared a photo on his Instagram taken from a storeroom on the third floor of the museum, inviting the public to take a look.

A day later he posted another taken image from the same angle, which revealed the damage. Screens have since been installed surrounding the museum entrance for visitors to see the original design of The Secret of the Great Pyramid alongside a time-lapse video of its creation.

"The Louvre Pyramid is a work of art in its own right, a modern icon. Since its creation, it makes dream and inspires the greatest artists," said Jean-Luc Martinez, director of the Louvre.

"So when JR came to see me, three years after his first spectacular intervention on the Pyramid in 2016, to present me a new proposal of collaborative work, I was immediately seduced. It magnifies this iconic monument and allows everyone to reappropriate it through a popular and festive performance."

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