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Popular culture. Festive figurines and nativity scenes

The Olot giants.

The Olot giants.

The workshops in Olot normally produced religious figurines, but in addition they often used to make sculptures for festivals. Many of the Gegants and Capgrossos (Giants and Big-heads) were made in workshops in Olot.

This space shows some examples from the entertainment industry in Olot.  One of the examples is the Giant and Giantess of Olot, made by Miquel Blay and Celestí Devesa respectively, under the direction of Avi Berga and Josep Berga i Boix. The two young sculptors were given this commisson in 1888 when they were still students in the Art School where Berga taught.

According to Blay they were inspired by a waiter in a bakery in the city, although some say that it was inspired by the head of the "Arte Cristiano" workshop. Celestí Devesa, on the other hand, was inspired by the tobacconist who worked in Carrer Sant Rafel.

The Giants danced for the first time at the Corpus festival in 1889, where they replaced the old giants, attributed to the sculptor Ramon Amadeu, and which are displayed here alongside them.

In the room that opens to the side of the giants, you can see some pieces from the Renart collection on the right-hand side, including different figures related to nativity scene.

The room in front shows figures made by the Barcelona sculptor Ramon Amadeu, who lived in Olot as a refuguee during the war with France.



<p>"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca". Garrotxa Regional Archives. Image Services. Casul&agrave; archives.</p>
"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca"
"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca"
<p>The dance of the "Drac del Carme" (Dragon of St. Carmen) 1928. Garrotxa Regional Archives. Image Services. Dou collection.</p>
"Drac del Carme"
"Drac del Carme"
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