Spain/Morocco 2010: La Mercè Human Towers

October 18, 2010

Yes, “Towers”.  Human towers.  Towers built out of humans.  As preposterous as this sounds, it was simply amazing.  For a moment, cast aside your inhibitions, your taint for public or personal safety.  You are in Spain, the land of the fire run, and multiple sports involving deadly bulls.  And so, get amongst it.  If you see a falling child, catch her.  If you see a falling man, run away.  If you can.

In Spain, these bio-buildings are called “Castells” and what you are witnessing here is the final.  The best teams compete to see who is the best of the best in the heart of Barcelona during the final day of the festival.  And, whilst my definition of success in such things is “getting out alive”, I suspect that there are other factors involved.

Stage one of human tower construction is obviously to build a base.  And, once that base has been built, trumpets play a traditional tune as the smaller and more nimble members of the team start building up.  The tower is complete once the smallest member thrusts a hand in the air (sometimes so quickly that you’d miss it if you blinked) and begins a rapid descent.

Unfortunately, some of those descents were a little “too” rapid…

But, the teams have it all worked out.  A “safety net” of teammates lies on the outer ring, ready to cushion the fall of any wayward girders.

Needless to say, the sight of people climbing into the sky held me there for quite a few hours.  But, the show must go on…

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2 Responses to “Spain/Morocco 2010: La Mercè Human Towers”

  1. Wonderful photos. I like how you even caught the woman watching from the window. Wild and fun event.
    You had a great time in Espana! LOL. I’m enjoying your “show and tell” very much.

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