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.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “Claude Monet’s Got Nothing on Sevilla”

  1. 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!

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

    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.

  4. 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!

    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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