Upside down

“Batiment” – which is French for building -was an installation by Argentinian illusionist Leandro Erlich, which was located at one of Paris’ streets. Originally created for Paris Nuit Blanche 2004, this monumental and vertiginous installation was a huge success with all Parisians, who wanted a picture where they pretend to climb up a building, hang from ledges, pretend to be Spiderman tumble down the gray rooftop and hang off an iron balcony with their feet facing the sky and their head reaching for the ground while actually safely lying on the ground.

The entire illusion was done with a gigantic tilted mirror that reflected the huge,  4-storey building facade laid out on the floor. The constructed building is typical Haussmann architecture with a stone faà§ade and wrought iron balconies that speaks to both Parisians and tourists — a real symbol of Paris.


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