Wednesday, June 8

Crowds Are Out, Crates Are In as Louvre Takes Flood Precautions

"The square at the center of the Louvre, dominated by I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid, was desolate early Friday morning, save for a few tourists taking selfies. The museum was closed to visitors, as Paris experienced its worst flooding since 1982 — but inside, staff members and volunteers had worked around the clock to remove artworks from the threat of the rising waters of the Seine River. I was part of a small group of journalists whom the French culture minister, Audrey Azoulay; the museum’s president, Jean-Luc Martinez; and other officials took on a tour of the strangely vacant museum on Friday afternoon. ..."
NY Times (Video)
BBC - Paris floods: Louvre and Orsay close to protect exhibits
Wired - The Plan to Save the Louvre’s Art From Floods: Pumps, Dams, and Evacuation (Video)
Guardian - Paris floods: 'There's something terrifying about it' (Video)
Independent - Paris floods: River Seine reaches highest level in decades as Louvre museum closed 'for precautionary reasons' (Video)