Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

He Spends Hundreds Of Hours Making These Giant Statues, And Then BOOM.

Most people know about Burning Man, the weeklong art festival in the Nevada desert where dozens of massive sculptures are built, celebrated, and then burned to leave no trace. However, many are unfamiliar with the Las Fallas (Fire) Festival in Spain, which has been going on for over four decades.

The festival takes place in Valencia, and during the celebration a series of large-scale sculptures are set on fire as part of the festivities. Last March, an artist named Manolo Garcia submitted his work to the festival for burning. His massive sculptures -- both burned and unburned-- are absolutely stunning.

Garcia's work is primarily replicas of Renaissance-era sculptures, portraits, and other objects.

His amazing workshop is also located in Valencia, Spain, the same city as the Las Fallas Festival.

Garcia calls his work "artistic carpentry."

It's not difficult to see why: His sculptures are the perfect combination of artistic technique and understanding of structural design.

The sculptures begin by applying strips of wood to large armatures.

They're so large, most of them have to be assembled on-site.

Observers of Garcia's work will definitely be able to recognize themes and styles of other artists, on which he bases his work.

This sculpture was part of the Las Fallas Festival.

Here it is, in all of its blazing glory.

Here it is, in all of its blazing glory.

Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Wire

Observers of Garcia's work can take note of the artistic significance of burning a piece of art that took countless hours to make.

Observers of Garcia's work can take note of the artistic significance of burning a piece of art that took countless hours to make.

Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Wire

The Las Fallas festival needs to be added to this list of 30 awesome festivals from around the world.

Sources: This Is Colossal, Manolo Garcia

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