In my previous post I talked about how architecture and building materials are used to define an era. The metal used to build the Eiffel Tower for example was looked upon as crude and unnecessary at the time and yet the landmark achieved iconic status and stands proud as a symbol of the capital. I feel that in the 21st century glass is fighting the same battles. Just look at The Shard in London or Burj Al Arab in Dubai, both are amazing feats of engineering and yet during my visits I heard people scoffing at them. During my trip to Paris, Louvre’s 27-year-old modernist glass pyramid from I.M. Pei was made to disappear—but not permanently. The optical illusion is part of French street artist and photographer JR‘s latest public installation. By plastering the pyramid’s nearly 700 glass segments with enlarged black-and-white photos of the portion of the Louvre Palace, viewers can see the complete stretch of building when looking at it straight on.
Get The Look
As with my previous lookbook from Paris I opted for a simple approach. A one-of-a-kind shirt from Simon Carters SS17 Collection, custom made trousers from Topman, headphones from Master & Dynamic and of course a light bag from Forbes & Lewis.
Language of Architecture
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