Over the next few days, JR, pictured, will create a huge collage with the help of 400 volunteers.
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It was once decried as an architectural "obscenity," but as the Louvre's glass pyramid turns 30 Friday, it has become a cherished icon of the French capital. One eminent writer called for revolt in the streets when French President Francois Mitterrand's flamboyant Culture Minister Jack Lang first unveiled the plans for what is now regarded as Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei's masterpiece.Pei's masterstroke was to link the three wings of the world's most visited museum with vast underground galleries bathed in light from his glass and steel pyramid.The present incumbent, however, is in no doubt that the pyramid helped turn the museum around.Pei's original design was for up to 2 million visitors a year.Pei is not alone in being savaged for changing the cherished landscape of Paris.
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