Pick a sunny day to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Acclaimed French artist Daniel Buren has dressed the cloudlike Frank Gehry building in an array of vivid colors, all in strips arranged roughly perpendicular to the ground. They cast a mesmerizing glow on terraces, the auditorium and the waterfall that seems to disappear under the art museum.

“I hope he doesn’t have a heart attack when he sees it!” Buren noted about Gehry, who had yet to tour the structure in its multicolored checkerboard guise.

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No doubt the Canadian-born architect will be pleased, for Buren’s meticulous placements of geometric color exalt the complexity and beauty of the unusual building, with its 3,900 glass panels.

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