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Artist JR’s optical illusion blows the top off the Great Pyramid

<i>Courtesy MO4 Network/Art D'Égypte</i><br/>A view of Gisela Colón's spherical metallic sculpture by the Great Pyramids.
Courtesy MO4 Network/Art D'Égypte
A view of Gisela Colón's spherical metallic sculpture by the Great Pyramids.

Aimee Dawson

In his latest optical illusion, the street artist JR has ripped open the top of one of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt.

The work is part of a trail of large-scale sculptures and installations by 10 contemporary artists. The exhibition “Forever is Now” (until November 7), billed as the first event of its kind at the 4,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, is organized by Art D’Egypte, a company that aims to promote Egyptian art with annual exhibitions at historic sites.

“The exhibition represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art,” said a statement by Art d’Egypte. “We wanted to show the link between our history and our present that will last forever … the deep global impact of ancient Egypt, and the continuity of this impact through contemporary arts.”

At a packed press conference at Giza on Thursday, the artist Lorenzo Quinn spoke emotionally about his commission at the ancient site. “I have no words to express my true feelings right now,” he said. “The reason I chose to create this work for this site is to honor the fact that society always works better and can surpass any obstacle when it works together. It is a historical event. It is a true honor.”

Here are all the works on show:

Sultan bin Fahad’s “R III”

João Trevisan’s “Body That Rises”

Gisela Colón’s “Eternity Now”

Stephen Cox “Ra’s Interior Space: Khafre”

Shuster + Moseley’s “(Plan of the Path of Light) In the House of Hidden Places”

Alexander Ponomarev’s “Ouroboros”

Moataz Nasr’s “Barzakh”

Lorenzo Quinn’s “Together”

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