Watch a Delightfully Calming Concert at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu — in Front of an Audience of 2,200+ House Plants


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Barcelona’s Liceu opera has been shuttered since the middle of March, forced like so many other things to change course on 2020 plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPR reported on a concert staged at the theater on Monday, the first in three months. All 2,292 seats at The Gran Teatre del Liceu were filled for the performance by the UceLi Quartet … but not by humans.

The quartet played a delightful concert of Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi” for almost 2,300 house plants at Barcelona’s Liceu opera:

“After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature,” explained a release by the Liceu’s website.

Don’t worry about the plants, by the way, as they’ll be fine:

After the concert, the plants will be donated with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 people who have been on the healthcare frontlines, the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations, in recognition of their work. As a part of the artistic action, during the concert Eugenio Ampudia will produce pictures and a video of the performance. Both will be part of the Contemporary Art Collection of “la Caixa”.

Per NPR, Spain ended its state of emergency on Sunday, allowing for the gradual return of events at theaters and cinemas with specific guidelines in place.