concurs de castells   human tower competition photographs by david oliete concurs de castells   human tower competition photographs by david oliete
apr 05, 2013

concurs de castells human tower competition photographs by david oliete

david oliete: human tower competition in tarragona, spainimage © david oliete



hosted in the city of tarragona once every two years, ‘concurs de castells’, the most important human tower competition took place with the participation of 32 teams from all around catalonia and a live audience of more than 20,000 people. documented by spanish photographer david oliete, the images capture a unique aerial perspective of the historical event. simple rules apply to the sport: the higher and difficult to build a tower is, the more points a team gets. measuring between six and ten levels high, teams are formed between 100 to 500 women and men to create the largest structures possible. the youngest and lightest members form the top of the tower while heavier members maintain the base. for more images of the ‘concurs de castells’ shoot visit the artist’s flickr here.




image © david oliete



image © david oliete



image © david oliete



image © david oliete



image © david oliete





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  • Amazing to see this event. The colors tell so much of the teamwork story.
    There is a great video of the event also on vimeo. Seeing the towers grow and occasionally fall is amazing.

    adrienne mcnicholas says:
  • Photo-patetic!!!!

    Jordi Pujol says:

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