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Disappearing Act: Artist Transforms Louvre Pyramid

Image: Tourists walk around the JR project at the Louvre Pyramid
Tourists walk around the JR project at the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. For his latest bold project, street artist JR is creating an eye-tricking installation at the Louvre Museum that makes it seem as if the huge glass pyramid at the heart of the courtyard has disappeared. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Francois Mori / AP

A Paris icon has vanished.

Under the hand of sly street artist JR, the Louvre’s Pyramid is now covered in a black-and-white image of the historic building. From a specific spot in the museum’s courtyard, it appears as if the huge glass pyramid at the heart of the courtyard has disappeared.

The French artist has transformed buildings and neighborhoods around the world with his wheat-pastings, turning streets into giant collages. In 2009, he covered the Kibera slum in Nairobi with portraits of its women residents.

The pyramid will remain covered for a month, culminating with JR taking over the museum for 24 hours.

Image: Rope access technician pastes a giant picture on the Louvre Pyramid
A worker pastes a giant picture on the Louvre Pyramid as part of the JR project on May 23, 2016. Francois Mori / AP