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Kalifornien: konstfestival på 90 sekunder, Laguna Beach Pagent of the Masters

Sommar vid den storstilade Stilla Havskusten i Kalifornien är något obeskrivbart, något helt speciellt. En av de många evenemangen man kan njuta av är en udda konst konstfestival vid Laguna Beach som heter Pageant of the Masters. Som jag själv inte hade hört talas om tills jag läste
Christina Binkley artikel i Wall Street Journal: Paintings Come to Life
At California Pageant, Volunteers Inhabit Works of Art

A bizarre but beloved tradition in art is back. Every night through July and August, human volunteers enact famous paintings and sculptures in an annual performance in Laguna Beach, Calif., known as the Pageant of the Masters.

The amateur actors, their bodies painted and costumed, step into theatrical sets and freeze for 90 seconds, some held in place by straps or props. They create life-size renditions of 40 works including Winslow Homer’s “The Country School” and Cyrus Dallin’s “The Scout.”

In its 82nd year, the performance depends on making three-dimensional people appear two dimensional. Makeup mimics brush strokes on skin. Real hair is covered with painted hairlike caps. Costumes are sewn, then painted. Stage lighting flattens the sets by eliminating shadows and other cues of dimension.

When the lights go up for a minute and a half, it’s almost impossible to tell what’s real and what’s not—unless a character wobbles or blinks.

En liten inblick i den kaliforniska kustkulturen om man får kalla den det.

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2 thoughts on “Kalifornien: konstfestival på 90 sekunder, Laguna Beach Pagent of the Masters

    1. Lennart

      Umegrabben, verkligen, kul. Ja jag skulle då själv inte vara intresserad av ett sånt evenemang. Kanske i 90 sekunder men inte längre. 🙂

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