The French government is aiming to save on sky-high energy costs by turning off lights earlier than usual at major cultural venues, including the Louvre Museum. The museum’s famous glass pyramid in the main courtyard, which serves as the main entrance, will go out every evening at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m., French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak said, speaking about the crisis. energy on the France 2 TV channel. The famous pyramid’s new lighting restriction, designed by the late Chinese-American architect IM Pei, went into effect last Saturday.
The move is intended to limit skyrocketing energy costs following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the lights on the facade of the Palace of Versailles will also be turned off one hour earlier, at 10:00 p.m. Malak also urged French cultural institutions to adopt energy-saving methods like those adopted by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which “cut its energy consumption by a third simply by changing light bulbs and switching to LEDs,” she said. A spokesperson for the museum says The arts journal: “We have recorded a 15% reduction in consumption over the past eight months.”
Earlier this month, Paris City Hall officials announced that the Eiffel Tower’s 20,000 light bulbs would go out more than an hour earlier than usual. (11:45 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.). Jean-Francois Martins, the tower’s chief executive, said The Guardian: “It is a highly symbolic gesture, which is part of the awareness around energy sobriety.”
Monuments in other French cities will also be subject to new restrictions; in Marseille, the lights of the 19th century Pharo palace will be turned off earlier from the end of September, adds The Guardian.