A Cloudy Day at the Louvre. The Louvre pyramid. In 1983, the Louvre underwent a renovation plan known as the Grand Louvre. Part of the plan called for a new design for the main entrance. Architect I.M. Pei was awarded the project, and he designed an underground lobby and modern glass pyramid structure in the courtyard. More than 8 million people come to the Louvre each year — which takes its toll on the entryway. Loyrette explains that the glass is cleaned once a month by alpine climbers. It's "a very special job," he says.
There are still naysayers out there — visitors who gripe that the shiny tip of the Louvre iceberg looks out of place among the museum's majestic old architecture.
September 12th, 2012
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