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With social distancing still in effect, Spain has been creative in filling entertainment centers. While some stadiums and concert halls have used screens or post-filming virtual audiences, some venues have taken a more natural approach… using plants instead of people. 

Barcelona’s Liceu opera opened on Monday for its first concert in months. The Gran Teatro’s UceLi Quartet performed to a full house. All 2,292 seats were taken…. by plants. 

Photo: Emilio Morenatti

“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,” according to a release on the Liceu’s website.

The plants will be donated to 2,292 health care professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, to say thank you for everything the medical community has done. 

On another side of the entertainment spectrum, the hit show “Operacion Triunfo” (similar to “American Idol”) filled its audience with plants, usually filled with adoring fans. The show has said that the intention of using nature inside as seat fillers is to show how nature has been healing itself and taking over “human spaces’ during the pandemic.

As the world emerges after Covid-19 how will we act differently? How will we invite nature into our lives in exciting new ways? What other surprising Biophilic initiatives will we see?