Extravaganza – Sculpture by Addé 2018
The opposite to extrovert is introvert. Opposite, not contrary, as for many polar attitudes there is always the opposite.
Yet there is no opposite word for extravaganza; it could be intravaganza in an absurd world, or might be an innovating name for a psychiatric syndrome, but still, extravaganza has a strong and full acception of fun, extreme freedom of style and structure and usually elements of burlesque, parody, including dandyism.
With very ancient traditions, such as Lupercalia, or Saturnalia, the Feast of Fools, Holy Innocents’ Day, in fact any occasion to overturn, overthrow the established order, it might suit a circus parade, a carnival and, generally speaking, any form of extraordinary festivity.
In a world that has banned any fantasy in favour of correctness, where humour is regarded as offensive, where music has been replaced by machine sounds that would drive rats insane, or doggerel insulting the audience by people who cannot sing or play an instrument, let us rejoice, sing, and dance, have fun, and bring happiness back again!
When a sculpture becomes a parade.