Recent Fallas

  • by mpowell

    devil-spain

    The embarrassing “Sin Premio” (without prize) distinction went this year to Archiduque Carlos Chiva for their rather uninspired monument which featured a giant devil dancing around scenes from hell. This just wasn’t on the same level as the other special section monuments, and sadly deserved last place. There were a couple fun ninots, but overall it was smaller in scale, and not too clever.

    private-parts-spain
    elf-valencia
    fire-reflection
    fire-punk
    horny-for-sausage
    cow
    dodging-valencia
    FKK-Valencia
    naked-guy-showering

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  • by mpowell

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    Oh, poor L’Antiga! Every year they make such a great effort, but with the monstrosity of Nou Campanar looming just blocks away, they always fail to impress the judges.

    antiga-de-campanar-2010

    I don’t know. I liked their monument this year. “The Hour of Truth” featured an old man (Father Time?) keeping watch over a number of ecological disasters. Uncle Sam & Obama stood on the top of a drowning Statue of Liberty, while the waters rise; a polar bear clings to a last bit of ice; recycling and deforestation pop up, and so on.

    But 12th place was the best L’Antiga could manage… same as last year. At least they avoided the dreaded “sin premio” designation!

    anitga-campanar
    hunchback-valencia
    2012-end-of-the-world
    Obama-in-New-York
    peet
    recycling-granny
    nuclear-valencia
    cock-chopper
    valencia-penis
    oh-deer
    nasty-dog-poop
    breasts

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  • by mpowell

    Now, we think 11th place was a little unfair for Plaza de la Merced’s 2010 monument. Theirs has consistently been one of the least interesting special section offerings, but the commission really stepped it up with this year’s “Passage Through Valencia”, and deserved better than 11th.

    A huge touristic train rumbles through different scenes of the “New Valencia”, filled with sightseers and animals from the Bioparc. It was humorous, and well-done.

    placa-merced-fallas-2010
    train-valencia
    tren-turistic
    mono-bioparc
    scared-giraffe
    Zug-Valencia
    mac-dongas
    Kebab-Valencia
    chinese-food-valencia
    chinese-menue-valencia
    placa-santa-rita

    Keep at it Merced! You’re headed in the right direction.

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  • by mpowell

    Alright, 10th place isn’t the greatest finish ever for the Fallas commission of Cuba-Literato Azorín, but they did emerge from the festival with the victory they were really hoping for — the prize for best Street Lights.

    scared-cat

    Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

    In the dark blue glow of their beautiful lights, the monument almost seemed to be an afterthought… “The Family Skala” was a portrayal of a bourgeoisie family in Victorian England. An old man stood atop a spiral staircase, who could have been Watson, and other characters and scenes from the period littered the scene.

    Our favorite ninot was of Jack the Ripper knocking on a door, with his blade hidden behind his back. But otherwise, this monument was just not as well done as a lot of others, and seriously suffered by its proximity to Sueca’s wonderful ode to the nations of the world.

    someone-bit-my-horse
    deaf-granny
    great-dane-valencia
    breast-feeding
    Super-heros-Valencia
    mascleta-hate
    mujer-rajoy-zapatero

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