Gehry was on handalong with the mayor of Paris and the minister of cultureto present the model of his "cloudlike" glass building. "The garden brought to mind Marcel Proust and Remembrance of Things Past," Gehry told the crowd of journalists. "I could picture him there with his friends. And in this garden, which is for children, the idea of making a strong, formal gesture seemed inappropriate." So a glass cloud that will appear to be floating over a reflecting pool will be constructed. The projected date of completion is end of 2009, beginning of 2010.
The foundation itself will serve as a place to illustrate the creative processwhether it be contemporary art or fashion. Arnault pointed to the highly successful collaboration of designers like Marc Jacobs with artists like Murakami as a starting point. "But we will also explain, for example, how Basquiat and Dubuffet could be seen as related," Arnault said. Artists will also be invited to create pieces that relate to the neighboring playgrounda gesture, no doubt, to appeal to the kids and their beloved park.