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Graffiti Streets Project #1 – Spain

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Graffiti Streets Project #1

Plaza de Toros – Valencia, Spain

The Mind of da Vinci – wallpaper download 4/5/12

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For the past several hundred years come Spring, Valencianos have been burning things. And of course, keeping the tradition is the tradition here in Spain. Today Las Falles is one of the biggest Spring festivals is Europe and as the entire city of Valencia explodes in a firey paella party! The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments constructed for and burned during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original in Valencia. (see the earlier photo essay about the Magdalena Festival)

Supposedly started in the Middle Ages, when carpenters disposed of the broken artifacts and pieces of wood they saved during the winter by burning them to celebrate the spring equinox, the tradition continued to evolve into something much more meaningful. Over time, and with the intervention of the Church (of course), the date of the burning was made to coincide with the celebration of the festival of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. Many times well-known people from the neighborhood and government were often portrayed as well. With time, people of the neighborhoods organized the building of the falles and the typically intricate constructions, including their various figures, were born (and burned). Until the beginning of the twentieth century, the falles were tall boxes with three or four wax dolls dressed in fabric clothing. This changed when the creators began to use cardboard. The fabrication of the falles continues to evolve in modern times, when the largest displays are made of polystyrene and soft cork easily molded with hot saws (but Im sure isn’t very friendly to anyone inhaling it…let alone the environment). These techniques have allowed the creation of falles over 100ft high – now that is how you party! Out of all the Falles I got to see (there are around 600 or something) this one was one of my favorites.

I managed to see it burn from a distance and got off a few shots. As you can see it was incredibly close to the surrounding apartments so instead of spraying down the fire, the fire department sprayed down the buildings. I found a short video about the da Vinci ninot (little brother to the falles) that highlights all the details. I love the notes and tools they put in the back of his head….check it out -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rznADT6QU8


Here is the view I had of it all coming down… (the ‘vitruvian man’ had already fell down by this point) YouTube Preview Image

Photo Essay – Foguera Dels Velluters 2012 – Bonfire in the Plaza del Pilar

Foguera Dels Velluters – Here are a few images from the protest/celebration. Watch a short video of it here.

 Children ride on the shoulders of the men through the crowds and around the fire in Valencia’s in the Plaza del Pilar.

A boy concentrates to stay balanced as he rides around the bonfire.

As a show of strength and unity the group balance each other two high. The Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of Pilar Parish) Catholic Church in the background.

Protesters place charactertures of local politicians dressed as sausages into the fire to burn. Many people feel that public funds have been mishandled while teachers and other public occupations’ wages are continually being cut.

A member of the drummer troop is hit in the head by an object thrown from an apartment window. It’s still unknown who threw it or why.

A girl throws another stick onto the fire in the Plaza del Pilar. Smaller fires were set up to cook various foods and hang out with fellow people from the neighborhood.


[Video] Foguera Dels Velluters

Foguera Dels Velluters (Neighborhood Bonfire)
This celebration/demonstration was just 50 ft. outside our front door the other night so we decided to head out and join it without really knowing what it was about. After talking to a few people with our broken spanglish we found out it’s a great tradition! This year the ‘Foguera dels Velluters’ celebrates the 156th anniversary of the silk workers (aka velluters) who staged a mutiny in 1856 for better wages – the first of its kind in Valencia (now the neighborhood bears the name Velluters). Today the spirit is still alive with protesting the cut wages of area teachers and day laborers, the lack of public facilities, and excessive public and private lots in a state of neglect.  After the march and the fires were  blazing, the celebration moves to fellowship with dancing, wine, and roasted meats over the fire. Naturally we fellowshiped along with them too! Learn more here: https://n-1.cc/pg/forum/topic/1036202/la-foguera-dels-velluters-2012/ A quote from the website – “We want people living in Velluters, to find a reason to meet and participate in the life of the neighborhood. Also to welcome the new neighbors begin to live with us and invite you to take part in the actions from the neighborhood association or other organization to improve the shortcomings we have.” An amazing night in support of our new barrio!
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Waiting for the Sun – Valencia, Spain *wallpaper 1-19-12

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Our first few days in Spain have been pretty normal so far but not to say it hasn’t been stimulating. Consisting mostly of time spent working in front of the computer and mostly at night since our brains are still connected to the Central Time Zone of the US – so until that pendulum starts to swing the other way, we’ll still be wide-eyed at 2 a.m. It’s strange being here in such a new place but continuing to live as we did just last week – but this trip isn’t a vacation, but a relocation for a breath of fresh air to our creative and wonder-lusting minds.

Rarely do I post a wallpaper from the same location that I’m currently in (mainly because I have too many old ones to post) but this image, taken from our apartment window this afternoon was worth it. Our apartment is in the oldest part of Valencia’s city center but remodeled with many modern conveniences – it’s nice to open the windows to hear the goings-on among the streets below…something that would be a bad idea back home right about now. Check out the listing on Airbnb and experience it for yourself someday!