How Do You Celebrate the Louvre Pyramid’s 30th Birthday? OPTICAL ILLUSIONS!!!!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of IM Pei’s Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France, artist JR created a large-scale collaborative art piece, titled ‘The Secret of the Louvre”, that takes up the entirety of the Napoleon Court. The reason for the Pyramid’s creation was to ease down the congestion from museum’s thousands of daily visitors. The artwork was made with the assistance of 400 volunteers, resulting in the aforementioned optical illusion of Pei’s pyramid sinking into the ground.

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Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies

IM Pei at the Louvre in 1981

Dear God, I love ArchDaily. Especially when it comes to cute April Fools gags (not jokes, but still funny)…

The architecture website recently published a post that stated that “in response to the recent popularity of ‘selfies’ in social media” that the so-called Society of Architecture Photography (SAP; get it?) searched all through their archives to find and release some rare images “architecture selfies.” The collection of photographs consist of images taken by architects themselves in front of their works. ArchDaily’s Vanessa Quirk reported that SAP’s Director, Chantelle Archambault, told stated that:

“We weren’t sure if we would find any at all, but we were pleasantly surprised to find seven – even one of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh in 1961. I suppose it’s only natural – architects consider travel an integral part of their creative process, and a pilgrimage to a built work is one of the most rewarding experiences an architect can claim.”

If you want to check out this awesome gallery of the newly released “architecture selfies” – including photographs of Mies van der Rohe, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson and more – check them out after the break! Continue reading “Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies”