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Last weekend, with the help of 400 volunteers, Parisian artist JR surrounded the Louvre’s glass pyramid with a temporary collage made of paper strips that made the iconic structure appear to be built out of a hole in the ground.

But almost as soon as the project was finished, the gigantic artwork began to disintegrate. JR tweeted, “The images, like life, are ephemeral… This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence.”

The incredible installation, named The Secret of the Great Pyramid, was conceived to coincide with the glass structure’s 30-year anniversary.

The Washington Post reported that Louvre president Jean-Luc Martinez was greatly impressed by the work, saying, “It magnifies this iconic monument… I was immediately seduced.”

The project came after JR made the Louvre “vanish” back in 2016.

Unlike JR’s previous work, the latest optical illusion wasn’t visible from the ground. According to the Post, the “only way to appreciate the installation was to get a special VIP pass to view it from a balcony.”

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Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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