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The Louvre, The Pyramid, The People... now what?

 
 
Reply Mon 7 Aug, 2006 05:21 pm
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The Louvre calls on Pei again
(http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2300467.html)



part of the article here -

The Sunday Times August 06, 2006

Louvre forced to rethink its glass pyramidend/quote


Interesting problem, elaborated on more in the rest of the article.

I've not been to Paris, schniff, but have long been interested in it. I remember being a little startled by the pyramid in the first place. Now it seems very cool to me. Too bad most people won't use other Louvre entrances.

Have you been through the pyramid? What do you think? How would you solve this?
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 7 Aug, 2006 05:28 pm
I haven't been near the Louvre in many years and have never seen the infamous pyramid. I think that if I were to visit Paris again, I would try to avoid the pyramid. It has quite an important role in The DaVinci Code, however!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 7 Aug, 2006 05:37 pm
Originally I would have pictured some lil' dollop of architecture like this as an entry pavilion -

http://www.artstamps.dk/images/62-Versailles-Petit-Trianon.jpg

but I hate bad replicas, and mediocre sort-of-likes, and can see doing something like the pyramid, and am now used to it, in photos at least. The DVCode thing has exacerbated the problem, according to the article.
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Mon 7 Aug, 2006 05:49 pm
I don't really mind the Pyramid either. As the article hints at, the excessive crowding in the atrium likely has less to do with the Pyramid than with the ridiculous shopping area inside.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 7 Aug, 2006 05:57 pm
Shapeless, one would guess an alternate shopping center could be arranged...

I've been looking for a plan view of the site online, with the fuzzy idea of somehow enclosing the pyramid space with a quite far away wall-to-match the original Louvre. But I anticipated that that is a stupid idea almost before I thought it, even if the main building floats in a much bigger space (which I don't know).

I wonder if they really want Pei to do something entirely different... the pyramid does have a certain ephemeral aspect.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:01 am
It's beautiful. Standing under it with my daughter, she signed in admiration, "It's all physics."
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:05 am
Signed?

I've been there, really liked it. More than I expected to. (I thought it would be incongruous, jarring, but in context -- I've never seen a picture that did it justice -- it works.)
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:15 am
Sozobe -- Meant "sighed," not signed. Sometimes, typing results in automatic writing, in this case, "gn" just jumped in to where "gh" should have been.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:19 am
Ah, I see. Wondered if you meant sign language.
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:23 am
sozobe wrote:
Signed?


Let's hope Plainoldme didn't mean that her daughter graffiti'd the museum.

I'm sort of an old fashioned modernist, so I actually prefer the cerebral look of the pyramid to the florid ornaments of the old palace. It's not like Paris is lacking in rococo splendor anyway. The pyramid goes well with the pools and fountains too... as Sozobe said, it's all about context.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:28 am
I'm impressed that they're calling Pei back to handle it the difficulty - museums don't always do that. For example, when they needed an addition to the High Museum in Atlanta they didn't call Richard Meier back to do it.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 8 Aug, 2006 10:28 am
sozobe wrote:
Ah, I see. Wondered if you meant sign language.


Actually, I could have meant sign language as my daughter is proficient in it, but, I'm not.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Tue 22 Aug, 2006 05:18 pm
I was at the Louvre last May and I must disagree with Soz. The pyramid-atrium were aesthetically very incongruous. Removal of the shopping areas might make it a bit less uncomfortable, but not much.
The problem is the tourist industry. Tours stream (no, they cram their ways) through all the great venues of Europe.
Something has to be done. I don't know what, but it can't remain like it is. Florence, San Marcos Island of Venice, the Versailles, etc. all spoiled by crowds pushing through every place. While looking up that the Sistine Chapel, I laughed to realize that I was forced to move forward while looking up.
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