With a monument ringing in at over $1.6 million, the Fallas commission Nou Campanar apparently wasn’t affected by the world’s financial crisis. Their’s was most expensive Fallas monument ever, displayed to the public for a full 5 days and then burnt to a crisp. It’s hard to imagine a more extravagant waste of money.
But at least it was incredible while it lasted. “The Kiss” between water and land was breathtaking. A mammoth couple, the man representing water with dolphins leaping from the (literal) waves of his hair, and the woman playing the part of the earth. Extraordinarily beautiful, with naked breasts the size of two flesh-colored Smart Cars, she had an entire forest as her hair. The immensity of the creation was just unreal.
The ninots, too, were very well done, all of them related to the theme of “the kiss”. Motorists kissing pavement, woodland creatures entwined in amor, Cristiano Ronaldo admiring himself in a mirror, and an old man on the beach receiving the kiss of life from a busty lifeguard (possibly the funniest of Fallas 2010). There was a consistency of theme that a lot of other monuments lack.
Unbelievably, Nou Campanar was unable to take home its 7th consecutive victory, losing to Convento Jerusalen’s monument. But, they made fans out of us, at least. If you didn’t get to Campanar this year to see the most expensive Fallas figure ever, enjoy our pictures & video as a consolation.