The Monumenta exhibit 2012 will swing its doors open to the public Thursday, as French contemporary artist Daniel Buren brings the Grand Palais' lofty, glass ceiling for the first time _ literally _ down to earth.
Monumenta, the annual art project, dares an artist of international stature to "move into" the nave of one of Paris' most monumental buildings, and own it.
With a space about 45 meters (150 feet) high, it's a dizzying feat for any artist, but especially for Buren who's a minimal artist.
Buren's attempt for 2012 sees myriad colored circles installed horizontally like a second human-scale roof, 2.5 meters (eight feet) high. Buren used the world's most abundant medium to fill the space: light.