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Carlos Cruz-Diez featured in Frank Sinatra's new video for "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

The Cruz-Diez Foundation is proud to have contributed to Frank Sinatra's new video for Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, released this past October 2021 as a tribute to those who had to leave their homes looking for a better life.

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Ambientación de Color Aditivo, 1974. Stills courtesy of Fantoons

In partnership with Fantoons and Universal Music, the video directed by David Calcano and Ala Nunu includes an animated representation of Carlos Cruz-Diez's work Ambientación de Color Aditivo created in 1974 for Maiquetia's International Airport and tells the story of a Venezuelan immigrant starting a new life in a new city while being away from his family during the holiday season.

"To tell a story about the Venezuelan immigrant journey without Cruz-Diez' masterpiece Ambientación de Color Aditivo, 1974 would have been like a puzzle with many missing pieces. This legendary work of art has become an integral part of my life and every Venezuelan who is flying looking for a better future. Just by seeing it, this piece immediately injects a rush of memories that flow like the greatest movie trailers of all time. Only a magnificent work of art can do such a thing. I am deeply honored that the foundation allowed the use of this work for the official video of Frank Sinatra's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Maestro Cruz-Diez…thank you for coloring our memories with pure magic." - David Calcano, Founder and Creative Director at Fantoons Animation Studios.

Although this seminal piece has become a symbol of the Venezuelan diaspora, Cruz-Diez wished that one day, that work would become instead a symbol of returning home.


Ambientación de Color Aditivo, 1974 in Frank Sinatra’s new video


Video available on YouTube


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