A large elephant recently burst into flames in Spain, but don’t be alarmed—the animal was actually a sculpture built of cardboard. Spanish design collective Studio Nituniyo created ‘Somnis de Pes’ (dreams of weight) from over 6,000 recycled paper tubes for Valencia’s Fallas Festival, an annual city-wide event that features firework shows, parties, and numerous temporary installations. On the last day of the festival, March 19th, the sculptures are burned in a final celebratory act.
Nituniyo stacked thousands of recycled paper tubes in a cell pattern to form the easily recognizable shape of an elephant. Unlike the majority of Fallas Festival installations, which are normally cordoned off from the public, the Somnis de Pes sculpture was made to be interactive. The cardboard artwork was surrounded by sand to encourage children to play at its base, while passersby were asked to write their dreams and wishes on pieces of colored paper and insert them into the hollow tubes.
The brightly colored pieces of paper added pops up color, from pastels to neons, to the otherwise monochromatic elephant. The dynamic sculpture became increasingly more attractive as more visitors interacted with the piece. Somnis de Pes was burned on March 19 along with the other Fallas installations.
Via Junk Culture
Images via Studio Nituniyo