The contribution of art during the pandemic

With the regulations forcing people to comply by wearing masks and social distancing, many fields of work have been disrupted. With many events cancelled, musicians have embraced technology by live-streaming concerts to audiences around the world.

Musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra posted a virtual performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy which garnered up to 2 million views in less than two weeks.

“Creative forces help us, let’s think outside of the box and use innovation to keep our connection and make it work, together. Because if we do it together, we’ll succeed,” the musicians said in their video.

Instagram has been used by children’s book illustrator and artist Carson Ellis to start a quarantine art club involving people from around the world in art work.

The lions outside The Art Institute of Chicago wear masks as homage to Mayor Lightfoot’s “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” initiative. The mask features the Chicago flag designed by Kelly Winter of Dimension Design.

The Lion statue outside The Art Institute of Chicago, source: Pixabay

“The fabric can hold up pretty well in Chicago weather,” said the company’s co-founder Jeremy Biewer. But if there’s any wear and tear in the coming weeks, he said they can “produce replacements in a matter of hours if necessary.

Another twist is the use of Creation of Adam where instead of touching Adam’s finger, God is using a sanitizer on Adam’s hand. This picture is now popular as it’s being printed on hoodies and used on iPhone case and cover.

The Recreation of Adam with Sanitizer

The Head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay has stressed the importance of art during the pandemic by “Bringing people together, inspiring, soothing and sharing.”

Despite the financial loss experienced by many artists, this hasn’t stopped them from conveying messages of following the guidelines and hoping for a better future.

UNESCO has taken the initiative of launching the “ResiliArt” movement which aims at having virtual debates with artists and supporting art during this crisis.







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