People are falling into a ravine that opened up under the Eiffel Tower! | Condé Nast Traveller India

People are falling into a ravine that opened up under the Eiffel Tower! | Condé Nast Traveller India

June 1, 2021 0 By admin


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Artwork by French artist JR displayed at Trocadero Square on May 19, 2021 in Paris, France. Photo: Edward Berthelot / Getty Images

Anyone who visits the Eiffel Tower right now could be in for a shock. There’s a massive ravine right under the tower deep enough to swallow anyone who’d step in. Except that it won’t. The ‘ravine’ is an artwork created by a French artist who goes by the pseudonym JR.

A woman jumps at the Trocadero Square in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On 19 May, JR set up this optical illusion in front of the Tower. The artwork begins with the pillars of the tower and extends to a virtual ravine, all of which are placed on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower. The art seamlessly blends in with the famous structure to create a fun yet dangerous-looking site for visitors. Naturally, visitors are taking pictures of them “falling” into this piece of art.

JR’s ‘Trompe l’oeil’ artwork, meaning ‘Trick of the Eye’ in the French, was made using a plastic screen, and has a similar effect like some of his previous installations across the world. In March, the artist created a black and white piece called ‘The Wound’ on the facade of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In 2019, the artist created an installation representing incarcerated men and prisoners on the Tehachapi prison in California.

Artist JR’s ‘The Wound’ installation on the facade of Palazzo Strozzi on March 19, 2021 in Florence, Italy. Photo Laura Lezza/Getty Images
Tourists walk on the art installation created by the French artist JR in the main courtyard  of the Louvre Museum on March 30, 2019 in Paris. This artwork was a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Louvre. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images