“Observatory of Light” FOR LOUIS VUITTON

This spectacular glass-colored structure named “Observatory of Light” is designed by the French artist Daniel Buren. He has covered the glass sails of the Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton (also called) building in Paris with an array of multicolored filters.

Daniel Buren – a French artist known for his in-situ works – has covered the 3,600 pieces of glass making up the building’s 12 sails in brightly-colored filters.

The colorful pieces have been arranged in a chequerboard-like formation, and have been applied to both the inside and outside of the building’s glass facades – creating a kaleidoscopic effect that changes depending on the time of day.

The building is made up of eleven exhibition galleries that each accommodate a permanent collection of contemporary art, as well as temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. It also has a 350-seat auditorium, meeting and events spaces, and education facilities.

The center recently hosted an exhibition of light installations by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson that aimed to skew viewers’ perceptions of space, including a blacked-out gallery sliced in half by a beam of orange light.

Louis Vuitton Building


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