September 22, 2016 in Slideshow
On Friday 4th November as part of Lancaster City’s Light Up Lancaster programme, Green Close will unveil a unique, culturally specific falla sculpture that is being made in response to Lancaster’s history. The falla called ‘D is for Dinosaur’ will be illuminated in Dalton Square for Light Up Lancaster and later burnt in a special celebration.
The falla sculpture is being made by Mario Gual del Olmo, a highly respected and experienced fallero artist from Valencia, who will bring this unique introductory falla to Lancaster, an exciting 1st for the UK.
Having undertaken a research visit to Lancaster in November last year and working collaboratively with artists from Green Close, ‘D is for Dinosaur’ takes Lancaster born Sir Richard Owen as its key theme. Owen, who coined the word Dinosaur, was one of the founders of the Natural History Museum in London.
Renowned Spanish artist Mario Gual is a leading Fallero artist, designer and maker ho has won numerous awards in Spain for his prestigious and uniquely humorous artworks.
The Fallas (or Falles) is a traditional celebration, held in commemoration of San Jose, the Patron Saint of carpenters in the city of Valencia in Spain. Local people from each District of the city represent their ‘barrio’ or ward by creating their own Falla – a unique artwork constructed of wood and covered with paint papier-mache or plaster that can sometimes reach up to 20 metes in height.