They used to say OpArt wasn’t real art, but an optical illusion. Of course, most of the people who said that didn’t find OpArt artistic at all. It was make-believe, they claimed. How can we compare this black and white check mixture with Velázquez?, they asked.
However, life is full of pranks and optical illusions. Football too obviously. Take for example Geoff Hurst’s goal for England against Germany in the 1966 World Final. Or Maradona’s God hand in the quarterfinal match in Mexico in the 1968 World Cup. Were they really goals?
Spanish football is experiencing an optical illusion these days. What is the third colour of the new national team shirt? Blue or purple? Because, you see, if it were purple, together with the other two colours of the shirt – red and yellow -, it would be the Second Spanish Republic tricolour.
God only knows. The cause of such an upheaval was Pablo Iglesias’ tweet cheering la Roja for this change. At the same time, his political partner, Alberto Garzón, tweeted a long fastidious explanation about the reason why purple was included in the republican flag: it’s Castile’s colour.
Meanwhile, the selection’s managers, coach Lopetegui and the whole Spanish Football Federation have been left lost in awkward explanations cunningly instigated by smart journalists.
Finally, some clever guy has come up with a solution: some people see it purple because….
‘It is Podemos’ colour?’
By no means: because it’s an optical illusion. Like a mirage in the desert.