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Fallas 2010: Sueca – 4th Place

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A large Valencian man sleeps on the ground, dreaming of the world, in the monument of Sueca-Literato Azorín, titled “Planet Fallas”. Around and on top of him, we find characters from Scotland, the US, Mexico, Japan, India and other countries.

falla-sueca-2010

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

This was a really fun monument; the portrayal of different cultures always provides a lot of opportunity for clever humor (and some good ‘ole Fallas-style racism). We saw a mutli-cutural paella competition, Nadal vs. Federer with an old Fallera judge, and various world leaders. There was a lot to look at.

This was the first monument my parents saw, and they loved it. For the commission, it marked a major improvement on their 9th place 2009 finish.

sleeping-fallerao
valencia-flame-of-freedom
urbi-et-orbi
statue-of-liberty
british-tea-valencia
scotish-tuba
african-paella
parcheesi-breasts
nadal-federer
perro-fallera
sponge-bob-fallas
penis-god
breast-accident
hamlet-valencia
rita-barbera-fallas
zapatero-sueca
barack-obama-USA
angela-merkel-spanien
mona-lisa-fallera-valencia
american-churros
van-gogh-mascleta

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April 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm Comments (2)

Fallas 2010: Almirante Cadarso – 3rd Place

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Continuing our look at the special section monuments of Fallas 2010, we arrive at the Canovas corner of Almirante Cadarso and Conde de Altea. A fat cat in a leather chair, sipping champagne and his two smoking lady friends straight out of the roaring 20s ask us, “Crisis? What Crisis?”

almirante-2010

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

The theme was money; corruption and riches. The “galácticos” of Real Madrid arriving on a red carpet in a limousine. A huge tiger rug under the fat cat’s chair. Cops looking the other way. An abundance of money, enjoyed by a few while the rest of us suffer under the world’s financial crisis.

It was a great monument, which we chose to see go up in flames on the night of the cremà. Funny, artistic and timely. Their bronze medal was an improvement on 2009’s fifth place finish, and richly deserved.

gangster-valencia
trans-atlantik-kiss
fat-cop
tiger-carpert
santa-zapatero
fancy-valencia
falla-almirante-detail
six-pack-ronaldo
magic-spain
putin
francisco-camps
barack-obama-portrait
gordon-brown
sarkozy-bruni
berlusconi
angela-merkel

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April 3, 2010 at 10:20 am Comments (2)