The French artist, JR aka Jean Rene, has chosen the most significant art gallery on Earth to present his art – public spaces. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity, and limit. “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” is his latest mega project which, I think, deals with the subject of limit. The time limit in particular.
JR’s One Day Show
JR’s art installation destroyed in a few hours!
What a surprise…
The French artist JR, his team and 400 volunteers pasted the 2000 strips of paper for his biggest pasting ever to mark the 30th anniversary of designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei – The Louvre Pyramid.
While I think that my “Stampede in the Louvre,” gives the best and most dramatic description of the event 😀 I will add a couple of headlines from the competition:
- Tourists Ruin Massive Louvre Installation Just One Day After It Was Unveiled.
- JR’s Installation at the Musée du Louvre Torn to Shreds in a Single Day.
- Tourists Destroyed A Giant Louvre Installation Hours After It Was Unveiled.
There’s many, many more of these headlines and it’s perfectly understandable that people got upset when watching such beautiful or at the list interesting work of art being destroyed by somebody who showed up to admire it. So yes it is disturbing, but unfortunately, that’s what happens when you put a paper on the ground and let people walk on it.
The installation called “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” took few days to complete (March 26 to March 29) and officially debuted on March 30 when JR invited the public to come and see his finished project. The only problem, to fully appreciate his installation, which was anamorphosis, the viewer had to be looking out of the window of a particular area of the museum which is not open to visitors… Thank God for all photo and video record of the anniversary celebration.
Any anamorphic picture when viewed from a wrong angle looks like an unrecognizable mess.
Official poster of the event.
It took a month to create this poster for the event. It’s all pencil on paper.
The beginning of the end
For something to be destroyed, it has to be first created.
Yes, the process of creation. I Could not find any information on what needed to be done to get to that last stage of, by any measure, huge event.
What people could see (the gluing of the stickers to the ground) is comparable with watching someone hanging a finished painting on the wall. I’d like to know what it took to get to that point. How the idea was born, the designing process and how over 55,000 sq feet of paper was printed and where the work was done.
It looks like JR did anticipate that his art won’t last long, and by Sunday it will be gone. Luckily many photographs were taken before the official opening.
The image of art in the process of destruction
Nothing last forever. It’s sad, but that’s life.
“The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” installation was designed to last a single weekend. Some visitors took pieces of it home, while the rest of it torn by foot traffic have been discarded.
You can find high-quality pictures of the project on the Perrotin Gallery webpage.
The images, like life, are ephemeral. Once pasted, the art 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 the participation of volunteers, visitors, and souvenir catchers.