REPORT: Tourists destroy massive art installation within hours (PHOTOS)

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On the evening of Friday, March 29, a massive collage was installed around the glass pyramid in the Napoleon Court of the Musée du Louvre. It was a tribute recognizing the 30th anniversary of the museum’s formerly disdained (but now beloved) I.M. Pei-designed structure, the museum’s third most popular work after the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

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By Saturday morning, the homage was destroyed. Some visitors trampled over it with their feet; the paper became unstuck and disintegrated. Other Instagram-minded shutterbugs tore pieces torn off and took them home for souvenirs.

For “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” famed French street artist JR used 2,000 pieces of paper to create an optical illusion of the Louvre’s steel-and-glass pyramid emerging from the abyss of a rock quarry.

It took 400 volunteers four days to assemble the piece, which spanned the 18,000-square-foot plaza. It was JR’s largest work to date.

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