In 1989, the Musée du Louvre solved an overwhelming visitor traffic problem by constructing an additional entrance that has become a Paris landmark: the Louvre Pyramid by I. M. Pei. With an eye to the sky and a need for natural light, Frank Gehry’s plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art includes a large oculus window in the center of our East Terrace. Dramatically combining classical and modern, these two design solutions meet different functional needs while becoming art pieces in themselves.

Rendering © Gehry Partners, LLP


I had my Adobe Illustrator class on Sunday and we were told to begin working on a concept for a class project.  I had not come up with anything I really liked in the week leading up to the class.  Then as class was starting he gave us time to begin working on the projects while he went around the room Tim Gunn style looking over our concepts/sketches and offering advice on how to accomplish the design.  When he got to me I had actually drawn up a sketch of Paris as a page in the Pop Up book.  And I really liked where I knew I could take this.

I have always been a fan of Paris and loved the time I got to spend there on a European vacation back in the fall of 2000 so I was very familiar with the architecture and what I would like to highlight. 

I also knew I wanted to once again play a little bit off a style nod to Mary Blair and her geometric shapes and color choices.  When I got home after class I started working more on the details of the Eiffel Tower and then yesterday I spent the entire day working on the other buildings.  This morning I added in the book and the flowing river and made some final adjustments and I thought I would share images of all of the stages with you. 

Of course this means I have completed the project which is due on the final class and for which we will be given work time in the remaining classes to completed (class 9 for example is completely a work session).  So I am not sure what I will do about that - work on another strong portfolio piece perhaps.  Maybe even consider another “page” in this book of another amazing city who knows. 

A view of the Louvre entrance.

A truly unique main entrance, the Pyramide du Louvre, which has you entering a glass pyramid at ground level and descending a stairway to the main lobby. It was constructed almost two decades before Apple Computers created its glass cube entrance to its store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.)