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Na Jordana: The Monuments of Fallas 2009

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6th Place

2008 Ranking: 7th Place

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“Pro Evolution Fallas 2009”

The evolution of Fallas was the theme of Na Jordana’s monument (location). The commission is celebrating 125 years of existence, and chose an appropriate topic for the occasion.

The main figures in this excellent monument are two chameleons, dressed as falleras, which represent the idea of change. The ninots, too, are all related to the idea of evolution. We see the backwards evolution of the Fallera Mayor until she was a monkey, and the testing of the first cyborg fallera.

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This was an extremely well done monument full of humor and wit. The 6th prize was well-deserved, as was the cherished top prize of Ingenuity and Humor. To walk around Na Jordana’s 2009 monument was to be highly entertained.

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Pizarro-Cirilo Amorós: The Monuments of Fallas 2009

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7th Place

2008 Ranking: 8th Place
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“Viatge pel temps”

One of the most central Fallas monuments this year was among the very best — at least according to us. We would’ve put Pizarro-Cirilo Amorós’s hilarious and beautiful “journey through time” in the top 4, and are disappointed about its 7th place finish (location).

With a strong theme unifying its different aspects, this was the Fallas monument that made the most “sense” as you walked around it. Famous characters from history find themselves in different epochs. So you have Diego Velázquez choking the life out of Picasso for modernizing one of his paintings, and Amy Winehouse offering a light to cavemen.

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And the large elements of the monument, which represent the time machine, were striking as well. The old professor hangs on for dear life as a futuristic robotic woman points the way towards the future. Great stuff.

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March 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

Cuba-Literato Azorín: The Monuments of Fallas 2009

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8th Place

2008 Ranking: 10th Place
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“Barbaritats voràs, en la falla, un cabàs”

Barbarians invade Valencia! Moving up 2 spots this year is Cuba-Litarto Azorín’s monument (location). With wacky characters and an interesting theme, this was a lot of fun to walk around. We heard more than one old lady cackling at the ninots.

Placed just 100 meters down the road from Sueca-Literato Azorín’s, it’s hard to avoid comparing the two monuments. You’d likely view one right after the other. In this case, we think the jury got it right — Cuba-Literato Azorín’s was slightly better.

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Sueca-Literato Azorín: The Monuments of Fallas 2009

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9th Place

2008 Ranking: 4th Place
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“Qualsevol temps passat… fou millor?”

Feel like watching Pope Benedict be consumed by flames? Head down to the Fallas monument of Sueca-Literato Azorín (location) for the cremà, and you’ll get the chance! The image of the Pope in front of a replica of the door of the Apostles is one of the monument’s most striking features.

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Sueca-Literato Azorín’s 4th place finish was the surprise of Fallas 2008, but they weren’t able to repeat that success this year. The theme seemed to be something like, dreaming of times past, but honestly I wasn’t able to make much sense of it. There were pirates, a giant, sleeping fallera and clocks. A mish-mash.

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9th place is a pretty major drop for Sueca-Literato Azorín. At least they’ve got the prettiest street lights!

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Duque de Calabria: The Monuments of Fallas 2009

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10th Place

2008 Ranking: 9th Place

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“¡Oh… Dioses!”

The Rusafa-based Fallas commission of Reino de Valencia-Duque de Calabria (location) has been making figures for the Sección Especial for the past 10 years. They managed a 10th place finish with this year’s monument based on gods and goddesses.

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It was all cleverly done of course, but overall we were left with a lackluster impression. In fact, I had trouble remembering much about this monument, except for the ninots engaged in hard-core intercourse. Nothing’s off limits during Fallas!

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