Paris is home to a laundry list of architectural wonders, one of the most recent being the Frank Gehry-designed building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The art museum and cultural center opened in 2014, and became instantly recognizable for its use of “glass sails” in its construction. But these sails have recently been re-worked at the hand of artist Daniel Buren, who has installed a temporary installation that gives them a stunning new layer of color.
Gehry’s original “glass sails” are comprised of 3,600 pieces of individual glass, which Buren has embossed with multicolored filters. Called The Observatory of Light, the installation will project and refract these colors to visitors both inside and outside the building, effectively transforming the museum into a giant-sized kaleidoscope. The colors will also change and move throughout the day dependent on the position of the sun, making each moment and angle a unique experience.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will reopen with The Observatory of Light on May 11.
Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi Paris 75116
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