Photographer's Note

While the Louvre is one of the most recognised and photographed places of Paris, I couldn’t leave Paris without a few shots of it to take home, even if many were ‘postcard’ prints. We stayed through the sunset to capture some wonderful colours and the amazing ever changing blue tones of the sky. While this does of course eliminate the rest of the scene around it (which we’ve all seen a million times anyway), the light, symmetry and structure, and sky overall really struck me as beautiful.

Not everyone sees the pyramid in the way I did taking this photo though. Commissioned by former French president Francois Mitterand, it was designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and completed in 1989. Constructed using geometric shapes and glass panes, it stands on a base 115 wide reaching 70 feet into the sky. Many people felt (and still feel) that this futuristic edifice looks out of place in front of the classical architecture of the museum while others would argue that it is a successful attempt to merge the old and new, the classical and ultra-modern.

Its aesthetic nature is not the only thing that has caused controversy in the past. There also seems to be a lot of discussion, particularly recently with the release of the DaVinci Code, about the number of glass panes in the pyramid. Normally this would be just another interesting architectural fact, but there is an urban myth that claims there are 666 glass panes, ‘the number of the beast’ often associated with Satan. The story of the ‘666 panes’ originated in the 1980s, when the official brochure published during construction did indeed cite this number. The number 666 was also mentioned in various newspapers. In fact, the Louvre pyramid is actually constructed using 673 glass panes (603 rhombi and 70 triangles).

Whichever way you view it or however many glass panes you think it has, on this particular evening I thought it was a beautiful site to behold, glowing in its symmetrical grandeur against the changing setting sky.

Click here for some more photos of the Louvre at dusk and night.

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