The restoration work being carried out on the Pantheon is one of largest projects in Europe and the monumental self-supporting scaffolding system is a great technical feat. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux has chosen to commission contemporary artist JR to create a participatory work inspired by his INSIDE OUT project, encapsulating the humanistic and universal values embodied by the Pantheon.
Over 4,000 people participated in JR’s itinerant photobooth truck, which visited eight national monuments in France between March 5th and March 29th, to add their face to a mosaic around the drum beneath the dome of the Panthéon in Paris. JR’s installation covers the dome, the cupola, and the floor of the Pantheon. The outside artwork will be exposed throughout the construction phase which is taking place on the Pantheon’s upper parts, whereas the inside installation will remain until the day after the “Nuit Blanche”, on October 5th, 2014.
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