Barcelona opera house reopens with performance to 2,292 plants (VIDEO)
It's not uncommon for performances at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house to be sold out, but musicians played to an unusual audience on Monday to mark Spain's lifting of lockdown -- as thousands of plants filled its seats.
The event was the work of conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia and included a performance from the UceLi Quartet string quartet.
A total of 2,292 plants were packed into the theater, while the string quartet performed Puccini's "Crisantemi," according to a statement from the Liceu.
Although humans were not present in the audience, spectators could watch the "Concierto para el bioceno" via livestream.
The famed opera house said in the statement that it "welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music, and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity."
The plants were brought in from nearby nurseries and each one will be donated to a healthcare worker from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.