When I was a child, my grandparents used to take me to the annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters. Each year, it was a magical night. We went to dinner at a restaurant so fancy it didn’t have a children’s menu. Then, we took our seats in an outdoor auditorium. On the stage, the lights went down, and when they came back up, there were beautiful tableaux—famous paintings, with all the human characters portrayed by real people.
I was fascinated. Most of all, I loved the one time they showed the composition being created—furniture and props brought in, costumed people taking their places, the backdrop falling into place, a flicker of the lights and then magic!
(Plus, you know, they had hot chocolate and frozen chocolate-covered bananas at intermission…)
So you can imagine my delight when funny, imaginative, creative people launched the #TussenKunstEnQuarantaine hashtag on Instagram. That German phrase means “Between Art and Quarantine” and it marks an incredible collection of recreations of art. Some are extremely accurate. Some are intentionally hilarious. All are created by people using resources at home as they navigate coronavirus restrictions.
Since finding the first link, I’ve found other, similar collections online. If you’ve got one to add, feel free to drop it in the comments!