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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Mar 25 01:19 PM

March 25, 2013 - Pyramid at Louvre

"Since 1989, when it was inaugurated, the Pyramid has dominated the Cour Napoléon. Designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei as the main entrance to the museum, its transparent steel and glass framework allows visitors to admire the palace facades from the lobby beneath."

The Louvre, Paris, France

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SPUCK  Tuesday Mar 26 07:14 AM

ummm. Not my favorite. I'd rather it was more interesting shape, say, for instance, a Klein bottle.

Lamplighter  Tuesday Mar 26 08:56 AM

... or a Prince Rupert drop

Leus  Tuesday Mar 26 10:09 AM

I'm still undecided about this thing. It's ugly as heck, but interesting. It's completely out of place there, yet it has attracted so much attention to the museum that nowadays is practically impossible to think about the Louvre without having mental images of this... thingy.

A brilliant and very successful campaign marketing, in any case.

glatt  Tuesday Mar 26 10:46 AM

Prague has a similar thing with a new wing or something at the National Theater. I'm torn by them. There's nothing wrong with new stuff, but sometimes it doesn't fit in so well next to the old.

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Sundae  Tuesday Mar 26 11:24 AM

A monstrous carbuncle as the future King of England's father would say.
Not necessarily agreeing with that.

Good architecture is just good, even if it is out of time. Otherwise we wouldn't progress.
I love the County Offices in Aylesbury. Not because they are good architecture (how on earth did Pooley get permission for that atrocity?!) but because I grew up with it. Maybe the locals thought the same about Stonehenge.

Bit of Reynard's Last Run that has been running [intended] through my mind since Arran.

Seven Sarsens of granite grim,
As he ran them by they looked at him;
As he leaped the lip of their earthen paling
The hounds were gaining and he was failing.
He passed the Sarsens, he left the spur,
He pressed uphill to the blasted fir
John Masefield (Poet Laureate)

Poem about a fox-hunt, in case you hadn't guessed.
He's best known for his sea poems, but aside from Cargoes I love this one best.

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