Spanish opera house opens its doors with an audience of 2,292 potted PLANTS
A Spanish opera house has reopened after the coronavirus lockdown with a concert using PLANTS instead of members of the audience!
The bizarre event at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre
del Liceue was attended by 2,292 potted plants, one for each seat of the
auditorium, following three months of closure.
The idea came from conceptual artist Eugenio
Ampudia and featured a string quartet named UcaLi which played an eight-minute
rendition of Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi -aptly the Chrysanthemums – that was
livestreamed on the Liceu’s website.
Before the concert, the plants, individually
placed on the plush velvet seats, were advised to switch off their mobile
phones and to avoid making any unnecessary noise!
It ended with the musicians bowing to the
leafy audience while sounds of wind blowing through the trees played in the
background to mimic applause.
Eugenio said he was inspired by nature during
“I heard many more birds singing. And
the plants in my garden and outside growing faster. And, without a doubt, I
thought that maybe I could now relate in a much intimate way with people and
nature,” he said before the performance.
All 2,292 plants, which were grown in
nurseries across the city of Barcelona, will be gifted to healthcare
professionals at a local hospital as a thankyou for their dedication to
The historic opera house was founded in 1847
and is situated onn Barcelona’s famous Rambla.