Louvre pyramid art a sorry mess a few hours after installation

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A picture taken on May 24, 2016 in Paris shows employees at work to cover the Louvre Pyramid with a giant photograph of the museum by French artist and photographer JR. JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Just one day after it was opened to the public, the anamorphosis art installation by the artist JR, to celebrate 30 years of the famous Louvre pyramid, has already become “unstuck” and damaged.

The piece, which was due to be exhibited at the famous art gallery from Friday March 29 to Sunday March 31, began to show signs of wear and tear within hours of being created, visitors have said.

The artwork had been created by JR and a team of volunteers using a series of long “stickers”, which were laid on to the ground piece by piece to create the anamorphosis design.

“Anamorphosis” art is a style in which the artwork only makes sense from one single perspective.

Some areas of this design appear to have been damaged within hours of being placed, with reports suggesting that the glue did not hold in some cases, and that areas with heavy pedestrian traffic began to become damaged more quickly.

Others suggested that some visitors had torn off some of the work, to take home as a “souvenir”.

Visitors are still able to see the original design despite the damage, as originally planned. Screens have been set up at the museum entrance, to show the artwork from the correct position, and also demonstrate the behind-the-scenes of its creation.

The artwork was created as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the famous glass pyramid, which was designed and installed by architect Ieoh Ming Pei, and officially inaugurated on March 29, 1989.

What it should have looked like:

What it looked like after a few hours:

What a shame.

Source: The Connexion, The Guardian, Midi Libre, BBC