paris: observatory of light

© fondation louis vuitton / photography: martin argyroglo

conceptual artist daniel buren [1938] certainly knows how to top things. fondation louis vuitton, the striking arts venue by the eponymous luxury powerhouse, is widely considered as a masterpiece by american architect frank gehry. modeled after a ship, its billowing glass sails rise above the lush greenery of bois de boulogne, guiding visitors from afar to its location. and it's these very sails that the acclaimed french artist has tweaked as art of a special art project at the venue. entitled l'observatoire de la lumière, or 'observatory of light' in english, it officially opens to the public on wed – may 11, and sees the transformation of all twelve glass sails that are wrapped around the building, by adding coloured filters, in turn punctuated, at equal distances from one another, by alternating white and blank stripes perpendicular to the ground.

thirteen coulours have been selected, creating projections and reflections that'll show the structure in a new light. and that's not all, folks. in tandem with fondation louis vuitton's transformation, a temporary venue called burencirque will be set up opposite the building to stage the 3 times a hut show. originally devised in the early 2000s by buren in collab with brothers dan and fabien demuynck, pioneers of contemporary circus, it's a multidisciplinary project in which new talents, both national and international, are invited to interact with features created by the directional french artist. this quirky show will be performed on three consecutive night only, on jun 2-4location: 8 avenue du mahatma ghandi [neuilly-sur-seine].

© fondation louis vuitton / photography: martin argyroglo