This is Chris. Chris is the museum guard. Chris likes to sleep. Everywhere, at anytime. Chris is dreaming about Messi. He always dreams about Messi. Before Chris used to be a very difficult sleeper. He tried all he could to fall asleep. Then one day he came up with a routine to imagine the best possible soccer team he could. This would make Chris feel so safe and so strong that he would fall asleep without a problem and would make it through the night safe and sound.
Over the years Chris changed the line up of his team, he would rotate players and bring in new talent, and this is how in 2005 he first put a young Lionel Messi on his team sheet. Over the years Messi became such a good player that Chris didn’t need the rest of the team anymore. He would just need him, Lionel Messi to fall asleep. Chris didn’t even need a soccer pitch or a soccer ball anymore, just Messi was enough. Chris could just close his eyes and Messi would be there, sliding into his bed.
Messi would smell like a freshly cut and wet soccer pitch, and Chris would snug up on him, putting his nose in his neck, and an arm around him and run his fingers through his red and perfectly trimmed beard. Messi was a man now, he had gained muscles, he had grown a beard and had several tattoos, but Chris still remembered him from his puppy days with the beautiful round and brown eyes, and Messi knew he did and they’d fall asleep safe and sound, wherever they were, whenever they felt like, together, and they would win. They would always win.
* Chris is inspired by Guatemala worry dolls. Traditionally, you use a worry doll by telling it your sorrows, fears and worries, then hide it under your pillow during the night. The next morning, it is said that all sorrows have been taken away.
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Chris and his dreams were produced for the musée légitime, a collection of artworks in the hat of Martin La Roche. Upon request, Martin can tell what Chris's is dreaming about. That's probably about Messi... but as is the nature of dreams, they do tend to be somewhat unpredictable...