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Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton Gets a Kaleidoscopic Color Treatment

The museum's iconic sails are covered in translucent gels

French artist Daniel Buren has given his signature color treatment to Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and, mon dieu, is it a showstopper.

The installation, "Observatory of Light," debuted Wednesday. Buren, who is known for his in situ work, has covered the museum's 12 iconic glass-paneled sails in vibrant gels arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The jewel-toned translucent pieces (in thirteen varying colors) are punctuated by alternating white and blank stripes. Depending on the season and time of day, the variegated sails will reflect and catch the light in a manner that recalls a kaleidoscope.

Breeze through photos—and our favorite Instagrams—below. "Observatory of Light" runs through the end of the year.

Tout l'été en plein milieu d'un kaléidoscope #BurenFLV

A photo posted by @clementineproby on

#FLV #danielburen #staytuned

A photo posted by Danilo (@danilocubicciotti) on

#fondationlouisvuitton #lvmh #frankgehry #architecture #danielburen #art

A photo posted by Thomas Fournier (@thomasfrnr) on

Daniel Buren le magicien Part 2 #Buren #gehry #fondationlouisvuitton #architecture #shadows #pink

A photo posted by Lilll_o (@lilll_o) on

Still obsessed with this building #louisvuitton #fondationlouisvuitton #design #architecture #obsessed #beauty

A photo posted by Anneke Kleyne (@annekekleyne) on

Buren le magicien Part 5 #buren #gehry #fondationlouisvuitton #architecture #shadows #blue

A photo posted by Lilll_o (@lilll_o) on

She ❤️ Art #redskirt #camouflage #danielburen #lobservatoiredelalumiere #fondationlouisvuitton #masterpiece #dressup

A photo posted by jeanmichelclerc (@jeanmichelclerc) on