French graffiti artist JR, as a part of his 24-hour takeover, has made the iconic Louvre Pyramid disappear by covering it in a print that replicates the old Louvre facade before the pyramid was built in 1989. About 4+ million people pass through the Louvre Pyramid entrance every year which make this piece by JR quite impressive as it will be up for an entire month ending on the 28th of June.
The project is pretty impressive but for older Parisians who lived Paris before the structure was constructed, it is a chance to get a glimpse of the Pre- 1980’s Louvre (when there was quite a lot of controversy over I.M. Pei’s designs).
Reasons for the controversy include, incompatible styles between the modernist style of the pyramid and the rest of the French Renaissance of the rest of the building, the pyramid as an Egyptian symbol of death, pretentious project by then French president Francois Mitterrand, and finally the architect not being sufficiently French enough to change a treasure Parisian landmark.