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The First Giant Black
The First Giant Black
1978
Foto: Festesreus.cat
The First Giant Black
After several attempts to create a giant black in 1976, James Llosas Paris and proposed the idea to Montepío of drivers, the organization that commissioned the project, publicly presented on 23 February 1977.

Due to the low contribution of the mass campaign organized by subsidizing giant after offering the idea to several local sculptors, Antonio Tan contacted the workshop Guaita Valencia Plastic Arts, which build the figures by an amount much smaller than other artists.

On 21 June 1977, the black giants came to a gas station road arena. In uncovering them, it was discovered that they lacked horses, clothes and wigs, the hair was fiberglass; him with a ridge in the middle of the head and a bloody spear. Faced with the unpleasant surprise, the giants of the workshops were carried Alucamsa Cambrils to repair them. Benavent brothers, sons of Reus, carried horses, the house Llorens, Barcelona, clothing dresses, and a widow to Siurana of Borges del Camp, made ​​wigs.

The Reds will be released on 25 June 1977 in Reus Deportiu, with the participation of giant Montblanc Tivissa Riudoms and the Negritos of Tarragona.

After seven years of construction defects appeared the first time and increasingly more urgent was the replacement of these figures. Went out last during the festival of St. Peter, 1989, were subsequently stored in museums in Reus, where still remain today.

These giants never enjoyed the acceptance of Reus because it followed the line of other artistic couples of the city. The Reds did not represent the nobility of the race, however, aroused great interest when it came out of Reus, not only because they are black but also to be a giant exotic always stood where it went.

Information from: http://www.festesreus.cat

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