Putting it together

by Luismi Cavallé

Bit by bit,
Putting it together…
Piece by Piece—
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision’s no solution,
Everything depends on execution:
Putting it together—

That’s what counts!

Small amounts,
Adding up to make a work of art.
First of all you need a good foundation,
Otherwise it’s risky from the start.
Takes a little cocktail conversation,
But without the proper preparation,
Having just a vision’s no solution,
Everything depends on execution.
The art of making art is putting it together

Bit by bit…

Link by link,
Making the connections…
Drink by drink
Fixing and perfecting the design.
Adding just a dab of politician
(Always knowing where to draw the line).
Lining up the funds but in addition
Lining up a prominent commission,
Otherwise your perfect composition
Isn’t going to get much exhibition.

Art isn’t easy.
Every minor detail
Is a major decision,
Have to keep things in scale,
Have to hold to your vision—

Every time I start to feel defensive,
I remember lasers are expensive.
What’s a little cocktail conversation
If it gets the funds for your foundation,
Leading to a prominent commission,
And an exhibition in addition?

Dot by dot,
Building up the image.
Shot by shot,
Keeping at a distance doesn’t pay.
Still, if you remember your objective,
Not give all your privacy away,
A little bit of hype can be effective,
Long as you can keep it in perspective.
After all, without some recognition
No one’s going to give you a commission.

Art isn’t easy.
Overnight you’re a trend,
You’re the right combination—
Then the trend’s at an end,
You’re suddenly last year’s sensation.

If you feel a sense of coalition,
Then you never really stand alone.
If you want your work to reach fruition,
What you need’s a link with your tradition,
And of course a prominent commission,
Plus a little formal recognition,
So that you can go on exhibition—

Bit by bit,
Putting it together.
Piece by piece.
Working out the vision night and day.
All it takes is time and perseverance,
With a little luck along the way,
Putting in a personal appearance,
Gathering supporters and adherents…
Mapping out the right configuration,
Starting with a suitable foundation…
Lining up a prominent commission—
And an exhibition in addition—
Here a little dab of politician—
There a little touch of publication—
Till you have a balanced composition—
Everything depends on preparation—
Even if you do have the suspicion
That it’s taking all your concentration—

The art of making art
Is putting it together—

Bit by bit—
Link by link—
Drink by drink—
Mink by mink—
And that
Is the state
Of the
Art!

— Sunday in the park with George (Stephen Sondheim)