Photographer's Note

Very famous landmarks, but shown with a twist

The main and most distinctive feature of the world famous Louvre Museum is the glass Pyramid located in the centre of the Cour Napoléon. Opened in March 1989, the Pyramid serves as the entrance for the main exhibition hall of the museum. The pyramid was designed by famed architect I.M. Pei.

The scale of the Louvre Pyramid is quite impressive. At the base, the pyramid of glass and steel is nearly 100 feet wide; the massive sculpture soars 72 feet, towering above the visitor promenade. Nearly 800 diamonds— or triangle—shaped panes of glass were specially designed to let in the perfect amount of the light to the visitor center below.

In 2011, Maybach, the official partner of the Louvre started an initiative, to have, over 3 years, showcase a series of sculpture installations featuring work by internationally renowned contemporary artists and sculptors on the presentation area beneath the glass pyramid. It was be the first time since the glass pyramid was built, that the area will be used for the installations of works of art.

The showcase started with the sculpture by the leading British contemporary artist Tony Cragg, which was exhibited here until October 2011. Tony Cragg’s sculpture "Versus" pictured here under the glass pyramid, was produced especially for this exhibition at the Louvre.

I composed this picture of "Versus" with the Pavilion Sully (named after Maximilien Sully, 17th Century French statesman)of the Museum as seen through the glass of the pyramid.

In the words of a critic - “Cragg's sculptures seemed to always be in dialogue with the world about them, and the objects that move in that world. Cragg’s sculptures are always a merging of two, maybe three or more inseparable organic bleeding forms, so the contemporary deformations compromise the identities of the otherwise perfectly whole and complete 17th century sculptures. Cragg’s pieces force us to question the solidity and the boundedness of what surrounds them. Only at the Louvre, would such risks be taken to create an inventive constellation of connections that dare to bring its treasures alive”.

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