Van Gogh’s Paris

Starry starry night….

This is a repeat of a show we did a couple of years ago, and as it was rather popular, we decided to run it again for our newer guests.

It was a musical and pictorial homage to the great Vincent Van Gough, and his beloved Paris, where he was inspired to paint so many of his masterpieces.

Guests arrived to find themselves at the end of a long, low lit gallery, with a selection of some of my favourite Van Gough paintings hung on either side of the room. At the far end of the room is the beautiful Café Terrace at Night, brightly lit with a warm, welcoming glow.

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The guests took their time in strolling through the gallery, admiring the paintings and pausing in front of their own favourites, whilst Sword played a musical accompaniment of French background music.

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Then as the guests slowly got closer to the big painting at the far end of the gallery, they realised that the floor began to gently slope upwards, and as they continued to walk closer…the found that they were walking onto the cobbled street of the painting!

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It’s always those moments that I cherish, when I have made a set that brings ooh’s and aaah’s of surprise from our guests – when they find that little twist that I like to add to all my builds – the little something that makes them smile.

With laughs and amazement, the polite art gallery guests began to relax and enjoy the brightly coloured café atmosphere, sitting at tables and ordering drinks, or dancing and swirling amongst the ‘resident’ figures. Sword entertained us with a wonderfully upbeat set of French tunes, which really lent the perfect background to the evening.

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It made quite a contrast to look out of the bright lively painting into the now gloomy gallery, to see a distant mirror image of the painting on the far wall…

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As the evening drew to a close, Sword played one of my favourites songs, “Vincent”, by Don Maclean. I dimmed the lights inside the painting and floated some stars into the sky to send a fond farewell and goodnight to the great artist, as well as our dear friends and guests.

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And here is Mr Maclean, singing “Vincent”, set to one of the loveliest bits of SL film I have seen – enjoy 🙂