We continue to live in strange and difficult times. But there are silver linings around the coronavirus clouds. It has been incredible to see the amazing range of creative endeavours from around the globe, all accessible online.
The Liceu, Barcelona’s Opera House reopened yesterday with a concert to an audience of 2,292 potted plants. The event marked the end of Spain’s state of emergency after more than three months. It was the work of Spanish conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia, who said the inspiration came from a connection he built with nature during the pandemic: ‘I watched what was going on with nature during all this time. 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 more intimate way with people and nature’.
The Opera House said it wanted to offer ‘a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature…..a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity’.
The 2,292 plants will be donated, with a certificate from the artist, to frontline workers in recognition for, and appreciation of their commitment and fortitude during the pandemic.
Access to nature is always an essential part of life for me, and no more so than during these months of lockdown. I always love to see nature happily breaking down human barriers against the odds. This daisy plant was thriving nicely in the crack between the pavement and a wall and it stopped me in my tracks. It has been a sign of joy and hope in recent weeks to see reports about how quickly nature has been able to revitalise and recover in the absence of human interference. How important it will be to embrace these lessons somehow in the continued fight against climate change.
Meanwhile, in the here and now, I’m enjoying the Liceu’s concert with my own plants. 😀🌿💚