[by Marion Rivolier in Paris, France]
I can't wait to discover his work. And what a surprise : the pyramid has disappeared!
JR has covered the glass facade with large black and white pictures of the facade from the building behind the pyramid. There is one unique point of view where you can see the black and white lines and masses perfectly correspond with the real building behind the pyramid.
It was very interesting and funny to paint this subject. I had to pay attention to the contrasts between the colors of the buildings and the black and white of the prints. It was an exercise for me because I don’t have any black in my palette, so I had to create a gray camaïeu (monochromatic palette) and to keep it until the end of the drawing...
I was just finished my watercolor on my sketchbook when I heard someone crying :
« Please, we need some space, could you move away ? »
What do you know ? It was JR himelf ! So amazing !
He was with the famous Chinese artist Liu Bolin and they were preparing a performance for the day after.
The next day, I returned to the same place to discover this incredible performance : JR and Liu Bolin were painted in grays and black from the top to the feet. They were standing on a podium in front of the pyramid and after one hour, they had disappeared because they were painted exactly like the photograph of the building!
The intensity of this performance was very difficult to catch because of the crowd. I could not approach, and I painted standing up. Unfortunately, after a few minutes it began to rain... But I liked the speed of the assistants who were painting. Liu Bolin was standing up quiet whereas JR was chatting with the public. It was very funny.
The pyramid will appear again at the end of the month !