For over 200 years, thousands of Catalonians have taken to Tarragona’s Concurs de Castello, an annual testament to “strength, balance, courage and common sense”, or so the motto says. While assembling and dissembling a 6-10 level human tower sans safety nets might not seem as the most apt definition of “common sense”, it is nevertheless such a prominent cultural rite that in 2010 UNESCO deemed the Concurs a masterpiece of the “Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. This past year, photographer David Oliete ventured to Tarragona’s fleshy towers and snapped some truly incredible shots of the phenomenon. This Is Colossal has an exemplary collection of some of Oliete’s finest photos.
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From the artist: “The short film “The Me Bird” is a free interpretation of the homonym poem by Pablo Neruda. The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.”
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A visit to the country’s first park (in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve it and maintain the space for public use) might also involve a stunning cosmic encounter like the one featured above.