String quartet perform to opera house-full of plants as Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens

An audience of the flora-kind – 2, 292 plants to be precise – were special guests at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu on Monday where they were treated to a live performance by the UceLi Quartet string quartet.

The plants, which were brought in from local nurseries, were seated throughout the auditorium including in the box seats as well as balconies, where they enjoyed a live performance of Puccini’s Crisantemi which was streamed live on the Liceu’s wesbite.

It is commonly known that music produces movement in plant cells, which stimulates the plant to produce more nutrients and helps boost plant growth.

The concert was conceived of by conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia, the Liceu, and Max Estrella gallery. It was the first concert performed at the opera hall since reopening its doors following the lockdown due to covid19.

It’s hoped the concert will encourage human audiences to reassess their connection with nature.

In a statement, the Gran Teatre del Liceu said: “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.”

Following the concert, the plants were donated to 2292 healthcare professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, in recognition of their work.

Eugenio Ampudia’s photographs of the event and a video of the performance will be part of the Contemporary Art Collection of “la Caixa”.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.

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