Thursday, January 3, 2013

Claude Monet's Got Nothing on Sevilla

Tuesday evening, San Geraldo and I went for a walk around town. I had three pocket-packs of (strong and absorbent) facial tissues and was finally ready to face the world. As is usually the case in Sevilla, we happened to be out on the street and in the right location at the perfect time. We were heading home and were in a narrow pedestrian way not far from the Plaza de San Francisco, the plaza behind the Ayuntamiento (City Hall). We peered down the street and saw a light show of sorts being projected onto the back of the building. So, we walked down the street to get a closer look. We had no idea we had arrived just in time to see a brilliant, creative, exciting, and mesmerizing holiday laser, video, and music experience that lasted more than 10 minutes. At times, it reminded me of Monet's series of paintings of the Rouen Cathedral (with a modern twist 118 years later).


The show began with color and "snow" projected onto the building, whose facade has just been cleaned and restored. There are still boards over some of the windows and at times the missing iron work and detail was projected onto those blank spaces; I'm sure you'll be able to pick out those windows as you scan all the images. Just when we thought we had had enough of changing colors and falling snow, the fun really started. The show ended with "real" snow being blown from the roof onto the crowds below. (One would think that if they can pull off fake snow twice a day in Sevilla, someone would be able to produce real hot water in our apartment!) I've got a ten-minute video of the entire center section of the show, which included one of Columbus's ships sailing across the sea, the arrival of the Three Kings, and so much more. The photos here are simply what appeared before and after the amazing animiation. The entire building became a shape-shifter. I hope to be able to upload the video onto YouTube. I'll keep you posted.













26 comments:

  1. How wonderful to just stumble upon something so beautiful.

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    1. Bob:
      And it happens all the time here. We'll head over again (on purpose this time) during the weekend. Apparently, the show goes hourly at 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m.

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  2. Well here's a wish for a healthy amd happy New Year.
    Great photo's..
    yvonne

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    1. Yvonne:
      Thanks so much. Wishing you the same. (I sure hope I can upload that video. It was incredible.)

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  3. This is just amazing. And Sevilla is amazing that you can just be randomly walking about and run into a show like this!

    Hire the people who made this display to fix your plumbing? Ok, you probably want more than projections of your pipes and running water!

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    1. Kristi:
      It IS amazing.

      We just had Jerry's computer repaired by "Golden Mac." They're exceptional. I asked if they did plumbing.

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  4. Timing is everything. You were definitely at the right place at the right time. So beautiful.

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    1. Stephen:
      There's always something going on here, so it seems it's easy to be at the right place at the right time.

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  5. How spectacular! I can see why you find Sevilla so delightful--but how are the pipes?

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      No change to the pipes. Today the holiday will end. Tomorrow, no more excuses (as if we even have been given excuses... no response at all for four days).

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  6. Blogger ate my comment! I'll have another try, apologies if you get this twice.

    Here goes: Spectacular. What a serendipitous stumble! I hope you can upload that video. You do live in an amazing city, Mitch.

    Now about those pipes...

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    1. Judith:
      Hope you get a chance to enjoy both videos today!

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  7. What amazing good fortune! My favorite was the one lit in blue, but looked like neon lights around the windows. Hope we can see that video. Glad your pipes are on the mend.. hope your apartment's pipes get fixed soon too.

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    1. Odd Essay:
      Water still runs down one wall. No hot water. One broken toilet. Other than that... it's perfect...

      Hope you enjoy the videos I posted yesterday. Wonder if we'll have hot water before you arrive in Sevilla.

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  8. Mitch, the energy in Sevilla must be palpable! What a wonderful place to be for you and Jerry.....always something going on and with such magnificence! Your photos are perfect! Thanks for sharing and good luck with the video!

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    1. Jim:
      The video upload was a piece of cake! Wonder what I'll stumble upon today.

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  9. Amazing! What a place you live in! (I think it's possible that Paris got jealous when they got wind of this cool show, and that's why they light up the Eiffel Tower now ;))

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    1. Judeet:
      I'd love to see that lit-up Eiffel Tower in person.

      Sevilla, for me, is just one big surprise.

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  10. How wonderful! I'm so glad you were able to photograph it. It is January - how are the oranges doing?

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    1. Elaine:
      The trees are heavily laden with bright orange fruit. I'm looking forward to witnessing the harvesting again next month and then the fragrance of orange blossoms throughout the city. Our nephews is insistent on picking one orange to try it out to see if it really is bitter. Can't wait to see his face.

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  11. Wow! The stills look magical!

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    1. Michelle:
      And it was magical the second time, too.

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    1. Jenners:
      I've watched the videos a few times already. Can't get enough.

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