Mendelssohn’s Polystyrene Overture



The original song being played here is Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture “Fingal’s Cave”. Mendelssohn wrote this after he visited the isle of Staffa in 1829, whilst travelling around Scotland, in an attempt to express how extraordinarily the impressive landscape had affected him. Fingal’s Cave is an incredible place, and this music seems fittingly emotive. I thought it would be funny to take a short film sliding across a polystyrene form that I had recently made, and put it along side the overture as if the polystyrene held the same awe as Staffa. A cut of bit of polystyrene that’s been painted blue seems a lot more dramatic with Mendelssohn’s backing track.


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